Minister: UK, Rwanda Relations Now “Solid”

online geneva;”>London and Kigali have not been on good terms in the recent past after Premier David Cameron’s government slashed aid to Rwanda, sale accusing President Paul Kagame’s administration of funding the operations of M23 rebels in DRC.

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Rwanda denies the charge.

The budget support funding was recently restored but with strings that did not go down well with Rwanda.

Britain on March 1 announced a £16 million package of development support to Rwanda would be channeled through aid agencies or directly to the poorest people.


However, on Monday, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague was received by President Kagame at Urugwiro Village.

Hague who was accompanied by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie was on his way to visit the war-torn Eastern DRC.

Mushikiwabo, who also attended the meeting said: “We need to assess the relationship between Rwanda and the UK K across a long period of time. Friends agree to disagree and our disagreements have been far less than our agreements.”

She added: “I have no reason to believe that the relationship between our two countries has changed dramatically. Our relationship is solid.”

After the meeting, the Foreign Secretary said: “As members of the Security Council we had a good discussion on a wide scope of issues, ranging from issues in Syria and this region.”

“There are several positive developments in the region in a very difficult situation; including the working of regional states together, the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework, all of which Rwanda has played a very positive role.”

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