President Paul Kagame this morning arrived Djibouti for a two-day State visit, as Rwanda looks to strengthen ties with the country in the Horn of Africa.
President’s visit to Djibouti is reciprocal – following his counterpart Ismael Omar Guelleh’s visit to Rwanda in March last year.
The two leaders then held talks that hugely centered on trade and investment. Djibouti is strategically located near the world’s busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
Four years ago, Rwanda was offered a 20-hectare piece of land at the port of Djibouti. The country has been working on plans to develop and utilize the land as a strategic base for its imports and exports.
President Kagame pushed Rwandan officials to fast-track the development of the 20-hectare piece of land at the port of Djibouti, adding that the country is keen to develop opportunities in line with her desire to deepen economic integration in Eastern Africa of which Djibouti is an integral part.
Rwanda and Djibouti aim to open more windows of cooperation through further investment in air transport and linking the special economic zone and the Djibouti port.
President Kagame is accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame