President Paul Kagame met British Premier, Gordon Brown, at the latter’s 10 Downing Street offices in London Thursday.
According to a statement from the President’s Office, during his call on Brown, Kagame expressed appreciation for UK’s support which he said was producing good results and enabling Rwanda to focus more on issues of quality in delivery of essential government services to the people.
It is also said that bilateral issues and the UK’s support to Rwanda, particularly in education, health, agriculture, and private sector development were discussed.
The meeting was also attended by Lord Malloch-Brown, the British Minister for Africa, Asia and South Pacific.
Malloch-Brown recently visited the country as part of his peace mission on the situation in DR Congo.
Also discussed during the meeting by the two leaders was the current situation in Eastern DR Congo, especially the ongoing bilateral discussions between Rwandan and Congolese authorities.
According to the statement, the President underscored that Rwanda was working closely with DR Congo to work out “mutually agreeable ways” in which Rwanda can contribute to the process of reaching lasting peace and stability in the region.
In a high-level bilateral meeting in DR Congo’s north eastern provincial town of Goma, last Friday, a joint operational military plan to get rid of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was endorsed by Rwandan and DR Congo foreign affairs ministers – Rosemary Museminali and Alexis Tambwe Mwamba.
The FDLR is a lethal mixture of the ex-FAR and Interahamwe militia, who spearheaded the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis and later fled into neighbouring DR Congo where they continue to wreck havoc.