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Republic oI Rwanda

Ninistry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation



President of Congo to visit Rwanda

Kigali, 17 November 2011

President Denis Sassou N'Cuesso of the Republic of Congo is expected in Rwanda on
Nonday, 21 November for a threeday state visit. President Kagame is scheduled to
hold talks with President Sassou N'Cuesso and host him for a state banquet on
Tuesday.
During his visit to Rwanda, President Sassou N'Cuesso is scheduled to tour socio
economic sites in Kigali and the surrounding areas. The two heads of state will hold a
joint press conference on Wednesday at Urugwiro village.
Rwanda and Congo enjoy good and established relations, which were strengthened by
the state visit by President Kagame to Brazzaville last November, during which he
affirmed,
"We in Rwanda want to see our two countries, and indeed the whole of Africa, develop,
grow and prosper. ! believe that sustained cooperation between Rwanda and Congo is
crucial in order to succeed in that noble mission".
The growing relationship between Congo and Rwanda has been further facilitated by
the recent launch of a twiceweekly flight from Kigali to Brazzaville by the national
carrier, Rwandair.
The upcoming state visit will be preceded by a meeting of the RwandaCongo ]oint
Permanent Commission, to be held on 2122 November with consultations by senior
officials on both sides, followed by a ministerial meeting chaired by the two Ninisters of
Foreign Affairs. The ]PC will focus on upgrading the Ceneral Cooperation Agreement
already renegotiated last year, and NoUs in multiple sectors with special emphasis on
trade, agriculture, natural resources and human settlement.
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