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President Kagame receives Gabonese President

Kigali, 5 October 2012

President Kagame today received Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon, who is on a two-day working visit to Rwanda. President Bongo arrived in the country today afternoon in the company of the First Lady, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba and were received at the Kigali International Airport by President Kagame and the First Lady, Jeanette Kagame.

Upon arrival, President Bongo visited the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where he met with senior management and toured key departments. The First Lady, Sylvia Bongo visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in the company of the Rwanda First Lady, Jeanette Kagame.

Injustice will only make us defiant, not compliant

Kigali, 4 October 2012

President Kagame has cautioned against the misuse of justice and aid by international partners as a political stick to punish Africans. President Kagame was speaking today at the launch of the 2012-2013 Judicial Year and swearing- in of a new member of Parliament, Clothilde Mukakarangwa, the new Ombudsman, Cyanzayire Aloysie and the new Army Chief of Staff, Major Frank Mushyo Kamanzi at Parliament.

President Kagame said Rwandans will not comply with injustice, but instead, will be defiant because they are better off that way. Citing suggestions from quarters of the international community asking Rwanda to condemn groups fighting in Eastern Congo, President Kagame said:

“If I were to condemn, I would start by condemning the leadership that has neglected its people and the International Community that caused those problems and appears to be blind about what is happening there before condemning the groups that came about because of a combination of all those problems. To me, the Government of Congo, the International Community and M23 are all ideologically bankrupt. For a decade they have failed to properly define a simple problem and keep blaming Rwanda. Why don’t they have enough courage to blame themselves? What is this blackmail about?”

President Kagame meets Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn

New York, 28 September 2012

The newly elected Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn today paid a courtesy visit to President Paul Kagame in New York. Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said the meeting was vital in reiterating the existing relations between the two countries and cooperation in various domains such as the work of the African Union and other issues facing the African Continent.

“Ethiopia is a close partner to Rwanda so it was an opportunity to be introduced as a new leader of Ethiopia but also to renew the friendship and the close partnership that Rwanda and Ethiopia have enjoyed for many years now. Courtesy calls are always an opportunity to also look at some of the other collaborative efforts particularly for Rwanda and Ethiopia when it comes to the organization of the African Union which is headquartered in Ethiopia but also collaboration on some of the global issues. It was also an opportunity to re-commit and advance our interests in terms of strictly bilateral matters including technical support for our airline, we have training of Rwandans in Ethiopia in defense and security, and we were looking at stepping up collaboration in the agricultural sector."

President Kagame Presses Regional Solution at UN Meeting on Eastern DRC

New York, 27 September 2012

The crisis in the eastern DRC is an African problem that can be solved by Africans, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame told the United Nations today. Speaking at a High Level Meeting convened by UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon, President Kagame invited delegates to back peace efforts spearheaded by the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). “Regional initiatives are key to finding a lasting solution and anyone who wants to help should support them because they are the best option we have.  All that is needed is to support, not supplant, their efforts,” President Kagame said.

President Kagame warned against “externalising” the DRC crisis  -- blaming external actors for the problem and seeking external solutions -- when such an approach “effectively absolves blame from those with primary responsibility”.

President Kagame chairs MDGs Advocacy Group

New York, 26 September 2012

President Kagame today at the UN General Assembly in New York, co-chaired the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocacy Group with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Convened by Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, this group brings together advocacy individuals from different fields who have led by example to rally support and political will to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

With the deadline just three years and three months away, many of the millennium development goals are yet to be fulfilled especially in many developing countries.

President Kagame praised the new momentum and new ideas in addition to the work that has been done. He emphasized that improvements had been registered in terms of organization and mobilization in many countries. President Kagame made the remarks while addressing a press conference alongside Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Watch the full speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1MaidgFEEg

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