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Qatar Army Chief Visits Rwanda

Qatar Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Lt Gen (Pilot) Ghanim bin Shaheen al-Ghanim has Tuesday 7th ended his two day working visit to Rwanda.

According to the statement released by Rwanda’s Defense Ministry, the visit was aimed at building on the existing good bilateral relations between Qatar and Rwanda in order to explore and strengthen areas of mutual defense and military cooperation between the two defence forces.

Qatar recently signed a number of bi-lateral agreements with the Government of Rwanda that would see improved cooperation in area tourism, business and sports among other areas.

Lt Gen Ghanim bin Shaheen al-Ghanim was welcomed by the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of Rwanda Defense Force, Gen Jean Bosco Kazura whom with the Minister of Defense, Maj Gen Albert Murasira held a meeting to review areas of their future cooperation and discussed of topics of common interest.

“We will keep working together for the best future of both our armed forces. There are many areas of common interest which can be the focus of our future cooperation. We will establish joint technical teams with different specialties and they will need to work together and we want results in the near future,” said Lt Gen Ghanim said.

In November 2018, President  Kagame held a state visit to Qatar during which both countries signed agreements of cooperation air service, reciprocal promotion, and protection of investments as well as economic, commercial and technical cooperation.

Kigali also received high-level delegations from Doha.

Prominent among them was the one, in April, of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who led a high-powered delegation of senior government officials and business executives to Kigali.

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During the three-day state visit, the Emir and President Kagame witnessed the signing of four bilateral agreements in the areas of culture, sports, cooperation in the field of tourism and business events.

In December last year Qatar Airways agreed to take a 60% stake in the delayed  Bugesera Airport project, which, as a whole, is valued at around $1.3 billion – compared to the initial $818 million.

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