Nduhungirehe commends AU-Turkey ties


Olivier Nduhungirehe meeting with Mevlut Cavusoglu. / Courtesy

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Olivier Nduhungirehe, has commended the existing ties between the African Union (AU) and Turkey, saying it spells a bright future.

He was speaking at the just ended AU-Turkey Ministerial Review Conference held in Turkey's coastal city of Istanbul.

Nduhungirehe who represented the AU Chair, President Paul Kagame, led conference deliberations in collaboration with Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and the AUC Deputy Chairperson, Amb. Thomas Kwesi Quartey.

According to a statement from the Rwandan embassy in Turkey, the meeting attracted over 100 senior officials from Turkey and Africa.

Key on the agenda was to the review the current status of the AU-Turkey partnership, including an assessment of progress in putting the partnership's Joint Implementation Plan into action.

Nduhungirehe meeting with some of business people in Istanbul.

Heads of the delegation family photo.

The review marks the first step in planning for the next AU-Turkey Partnership summit slated for 2019 in Istanbul.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Nduhungirehe lauded the AU and the Turkish government for advancing the partnership, but noted there was more work to be done in achieving balanced trade as well as fighting and eliminating terrorism and radicalization.

He, however, expressed optimism in the partners' ability to face and overcome other common challenges like the threat of climate change and to meet the shared aspirations for greater prosperity for Turkish people and Africans.

While in Turkey, Nduhungirehe also held a bilateral meeting with Turkey's Foreign Minister, Hon. Mevlut Cavusoglu, during which they vowed to deepen and strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

He was accompanied to the Review conference by four Diplomats, including Ambassador Williams Nkurunziza (Ankara) and Ambassador Hope Tumukunde Gasatura (Addis Ababa).

He also met with several Turkish Business people, including the management of Summa and BAU groups, some of Turkey's premier conglomerates as well as members of the Turkey-Rwanda Business Council.

In line with the Ministry's economic diplomacy mandate, he extended an invitation to the business people to come and explore trade and investment opportunities in Rwanda.

Nduhungirehe also met and interacted with members of the Rwandan community resident in Istanbul, many of them students pursuing Masters and PhD programmes in different areas such as Civil Engineering, Agricultural Economics, architecture, Computer Engineering, Law, and Business etc.