| 28 February 2024, Wednesday |

Saudi Arabia, Rwanda Sign Agreement to Boost Cooperation

Saudi Arabia is holding strong to its cooperation with the African Union as a policy determined to spread peace and security and promote conflict resolution and a strategy to advance development and investment across the African continent.

Over the last period, African leaders and senior officials have held comprehensive meetings and negotiations with representatives of the Kingdom.

Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Kattan met Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Perrotta in Kigali on Tuesday. The two ministers signed an agreement to boost cooperation between the two countries.

The deal aims to strengthen the existing bonds between the two states, and seeks to enhance cooperation in all sectors, including education, art, culture, media, tourism, youth empowerment, and sports.

It also opens up prospects for new bilateral deals in areas of common interest.

Earlier, Kattan also met Rwandan President Paul Kagame. They reviewed bilateral ties and discussed ways to enhance them.

The minister relayed greetings from King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

For his part, Kagame returned the greetings in kind and voiced his appreciation for the efforts of the Saudi leadership and people.

The president also expressed hope for further broadening the horizon of bilateral ties shared between the Kingdom and his country.

Kattan reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s desire to spend relentless efforts to build all-encompassing cooperation and partnership with the African state.

He noted that his meeting with Perrotta was “fruitful,” saying it reviewed shared ties and means of bolstering them, as well as reinforcing mutually beneficial economic cooperation.

Kattan had earlier concluded official visits to South Sudan, South Africa, Djibouti, and Uganda.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat