Rwanda’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya has said that her mission will be to increase cooperation between Russia and Rwanda in different areas such as education, science and technology, mining, medicine.
Ambassador Mujawamariya made the remarks after presenting her credentials to President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin in the Russian capital Moscow, on January 16 2014.
In a Russian traditional ceremony, President Putin received and welcomed the new Rwandan Envoy and assured Rwandans that bilateral ties will grow strongly given that Russia is a long-term friend of Rwanda.
Mujawamariya’s appointment will also serve the need to reopen the re-open the Rwandan Embassy in Moscow, of which she said that that Rwanda was pleased to do.
Clad in Rwandan traditional attire, the humble envoy also conveyed greetings from the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to his Russian counterpart.
In a related development Kigali is expected to host, later this year a business forum gathering Rwandan and Russian business communities to explore investment opportunities in Rwanda, as a way of boosting trade and business cooperation between the two countries.
About 800 Rwandan students have graduated from Russian universities over the last 50 years in various disciplines including law, medicine, international affairs and political science.
Last year 2013, ahead of the 50 years anniversary of Russia-Rwanda bilateral relationship, Mikhail Leonidovich Bogdanov, Russia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs visited Rwanda and told President Paul Kagame Russia is looking forward to further strengthening bilateral relations with Rwanda and especially strengthening existing friendship.
Bogdanov stated that his country is looking forward to support Rwanda in several areas of development, especially in the education sector by extending more scholarships to Rwandan students to go for further studies in Russia.
relations Other ambassadors who presented their credentials to the Russian head of state include: Cesare Maria Ragaglini (Italy), Zyad Khazer Al Majali (Jordan), Carmel Brincat (Malta), Vasile Soare (Romania), John Ronald Kerr (Canada), Mohamed Abdel Sattar Mohamed Elbadri (Egypt), Jean-Maurice Ripert (France), Mehdi Sanayei (Iran)
Others included: Poondi Shrinivasan Raghavan (India), Abdul-Aziz Ahmed Saud Al-adwani (Kuweit), Antonio Jose Vallim Guerreiro (Brazil), Vladimir Remek (Czech Republic), Alex Van Meuven (Belgium), Ousman Badjie (Gambia), Bernard Francis Shamli (Seychelles), Lameck Ntekela (Botswana), and Wilfred Eduard Christopher (Suriname).