The Rwandan embassy in Morocco was inaugurated at a ceremony on Wednesday in Rabat.
The new embassy was inaugurated by the Rwandan Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita.
The opening of this embassy, which comes after that of Morocco in Kigali in April 2017, is important for both countries since it is part of the strengthening of bilateral relations especially after the visit of King Mohammed VI in Kigali in October 2016, said Nduhungirehe, after the inauguration ceremony.
After recalling that this visit was marked by the signing of 23 agreements, followed by twelve other agreements in various areas important to the economy including agriculture, industry and pharmacy, the Rwandan official stressed that this embassy will allow to promote the exchange of visits between the peoples of the two countries.
It will also help promote business visits, while allowing Moroccan investors to learn about the business climate in Rwanda.
For his part, Bourita said that the opening of this embassy confirms the positive dynamic of bilateral relations, noting that since the king’s historic visit to Kigali, the two countries have been able to establish a solid partnership with the signing of more than 34 cooperation agreements, increasingly regular exchange of visits and coordination in regional and international forums
“Today we are in a very promising phase of bilateral relations”, he noted, adding that the Sovereign and President Paul Kagame share the same vision with regard to South-South partnership and African integration and at the AU.
The opening of this embassy demonstrates the place of Rabat as a first-rate regional diplomatic platform, noted Bourita, stressing that today, 106 foreign embassies are open in the capital of the Kingdom in addition to regional and international organizations.
The city of Rabat is in the process of becoming the first diplomatic capital of North Africa and West Africa, he said, noting that other embassies will be open soon including that of Philippines.
This transformation of Rabat into an important diplomatic platform is a recognition of the king’s role and testifies to the kingdom’s place as a pole of stability, of regional action and as an important actor on various files, he continued, arguing that it also confirms that from Rabat, many countries cover North Africa, West Africa and sometimes even the southern Mediterranean.