The Republic of Rwanda has announced its decision to open an embassy in Morocco as well as appointing an ambassador to the Islamic nation.
In a statement released from the African country reads that The Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, has appointed Sheikh Saleh Habimana as Rwanda’s new ambassador to Morocco.
Following the appointment, Sheikh Saleh will be the first Rwandan ambassador to Morocco.
Both countries had previously established diplomatic relations following King Mohammed VI’s royal visit to Rwanda back in 2016. While in Rwanda, Rabat and Kigali signed several bilateral agreements. The agreements included an air service agreement, tourism, security cooperation, political consultation, and visa exemption.
Furthermore, in March 2019, Morocco and Rwanda signed 12 agreements during the first session of the High Joint Committee between both countries which took place in Rabat.
Delegates from the two countries have expressed satisfaction with the development of diplomatic relations between both countries since the visit of Rwandan President Kagame to Morocco in June 2016, and the King’s visit to Rwanda in October the following year.
Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in March that relations between both countries “witnessed a turning point” after the exchange of visits between the heads of the country.
Bourita further said that “relations between the two countries are based on coordination, mutual trust, and shared ambition.”
The foreign minister who had earlier attended Rwanda’s 25th Liberation Day added that both heads of state “have not only set the course for bilateral relations but also laid down an approach based on rigor, results, and fulfillment of commitments.”
Local reports indicated that President Kagame is among the African leaders who welcomed the return of Morocco to the African Union in 2017.
With the return to the AU, Morocco stressed its determination to establish diplomatic ties with other African countries and to renew its interest in the Africa continent.