Narendra Modi in Africa: India extends USD 200 million LoIs to Rwanda; PM holds talks with President Paul Kagame

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India today extended USD 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with President Paul Kagame and discussed measures to boost the bilateral strategic ties by strengthening cooperation in trade and agriculture sectors. After the one-on-one talks with president Kagame, Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit the East African country, announced that India will soon open its mission in Rwanda. This will not only establish communication between our respective governments but also enable facilities for consular, passport, visa, He noted that India and Rwanda relationships have stood the test of time. The two countries signed agreements on leather and allied areas and agricultural research. India also extended two lines of credit – one of USD 100 million for development of industrial parks and Kigali special economic zone (SEZ) in Rwanda and another one for USD 100 million for agriculture. Besides one-to-one meeting, the two leaders also participated in delegation level talks to strengthen partnership in trade and investment, capacity building, development partnership and people to people ties. President Kagame in his remarks said that Prime Minister Modis visit represents a milestone between the long standing friendship and cooperation between Rwanda and India. Modi arrived in Rwanda tonight on the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour as part of Indias outreach to the resource-rich continent, soon after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Kigali. The prime ministers aircraft landed at the Kigali International Airport where he was received by President Kagame. He was accorded a red carpet welcome at the airport. A historic visit starts with a special gesture. President @PaulKagame personally welcomed PM @narendramodi to Rwanda, the Prime Ministers Office tweeted. His two-day state visit to Rwanda – one of Africas fastest growing economies – assumes significance as it could boost Indias strategic ties with this country. A special gesture by a close friend and a strategic partner! Prime Minister @narenderamodi personally received by Rwandan President @PaulKagame at #Kigali International Airport on the first leg of his three-nation tour. First-ever visit by an Indian PM to Rwanda, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had tweeted. Modi will also meet the business leaders and the Indian communities here. Tomorrow, Prime Minister Modi will visit the Genocide Memorial and participate in an event on Girinka (one cow per family), a national social protection scheme of Rwanda initiated by Kagame.