VILLAGE URUGWIRO -The ambassador-designate of the United Kingdom to Rwanda has promised to support Rwanda’s bid to join the Commonwealth.
Rwanda has applied to join the Commonwealth, which brings together former British colonies.
Nicholas Cannon disclose his support for Rwanda’s bid yesterday after presenting his credentials to President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro.
"I will strive to ensure that Rwanda joins the Commonwealth during my term of office here in Kigali," Cannon said.
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth.
Cannon who replaced Jeremy Macdee as ambassador said he is going to build on what his predecessor started to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
"Our major focus will be developing political, parliamentary and military links between the two countries," he said.
His tenure in Rwanda is three years.
Cannon has been working in the office in charge of African Affairs in the UK.
"I am not new to Rwanda, I have been here three times before," he said.
Meanwhile, the President also received credentials of Japanese ambassador to Rwanda, Shigeo Iwatani.
The new Japan envoy said he would build on the already existing ties between Japan and Rwanda.
"The cooperation between our two countries revolve around rural sector support and human resource development and we shall build on that especially after the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) established an office in Kigali," Iwatani said after presenting his credentials to the President yesterday.
He said that their urgent support will be promoting education in both primary and secondary education.
Iwatani will be based in Nairobi. He said that his term will last between two and three years.