Rwanda, Algeria strengthen bilateral ties

President Paul Kagame yesterday met with the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for bilateral talks where the two leaders committed to strengthening ties in various areas including investment.
President Paul Kagame and his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika (R) during their meeting in Algiers yesterday. (Village Urugwiro)
President Paul Kagame and his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika (R) during their meeting in Algiers yesterday. (Village Urugwiro)

President Paul Kagame yesterday met with the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for bilateral talks where the two leaders committed to strengthening ties in various areas including investment.

President Kagame is on a three-day State visit to Algeria.

According to a statement from Village Urugwiro, earlier on Monday, President Kagame met with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

The President spoke of the similarities between the history of liberation of both Algeria and Rwanda.

“The long history of liberation of Algeria informed many other countries, including ours,” President Kagame said.

On bilateral ties between the two countries, Kagame added that partnerships should go beyond Rwanda and Algeria.

“We are happy to be here. It is an opportunity to identify areas of work that can bring us closer together. Our bilateral ties should benefit our two countries and the continent with whom we share challenges and opportunities,” he said.

Briefing the media after his meeting with President Bouteflika, Kagame pointed to Rwanda and Algeria’s long-standing relationship, adding the two nations will continue to collaborate on key issues with other African countries to ensure the political, social and economic well-being of the people of both nations and Africans in general.

On his second visit to Algeria since 2004 during which he attended the NEPAD meeting, President Kagame also met with Algeria’s Speaker of the People's National Assembly, Mohamed Larbu Oukd Khelifa. 

The President will end his three-day state visit with a tour of the Tipaza Archelogical Park.

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