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Emir of Qatar in Rwanda to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is in Rwanda where the two countries signed bilateral business agreements.

Sheikh Tamim was on Sunday received at Kigali International Airport by Rwandan President Paul Kagame and high ranking state officials.

The duo would later hold official talks at the President’s office in the capital Kigali.

The principals discussed the bilateral relations and means of enhancing them to develop cooperation between the two countries, especially in the fields of economy, investment, education, innovation, culture, sports and tourism.

Qatar state media reported that the “talks also dealt with a number of regional and international issues of common concern.”

The details of regional issues discussed by Kagame and the Emir of Qatar remain unclear.

However, the discussion follows growing tension in the region especially between Rwanda and Uganda.

The two countries’ diplomatic relations have deteriorated in recent days over counter accusations of economic sabotage, support for rival armed movements and espionage among others.

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Qatar, which was in 2017 hit with an economic and diplomatic embargo back by its neighbours UAE and Saudi Arabia for reportedly supporting terrorism, has since deepened its relations with African countries including Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria.

From Rwanda, the Emir will travel to Nigeria for a state visit.

The Amir and Kagame witnessed the signing of an agreement and memorandums of understanding between the two governments in regard to air travel among other areas of cooperation.

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