H.E Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania will pay his first working visit to the Republic of Rwanda on the 6-7th of April 2016, following an invitation from President Paul Kagame.
During the visit, President Magufuli and his host President Kagame are expected to preside over the grand opening of the Rusumo International Bridge and One Stop Border Post (OSBP), which are significant facilities developed under the auspices of the East African Community.
The said infrastructure located on the Tanzania-Rwanda border, is vital in not only accelerating cross border interaction between the two countries, but also enhance linkage between the land locked countries of Eastern and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean.
After the inaugural ceremony, the two leaders will proceed to Kigali where they will hold bilateral talks and together lay a wreath at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, commemorating the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.
As his first foreign visit since assuming office in October 2015, this visit signifies the importance Tanzania attaches in strengthening relations with its neighbors.
As the current chairman of the East African Community, President Magufuli’s first foreign visit to the region also portrays his commitment to deepening the integration process and strengthening relations between EAC member states.
Government Communication Unit,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East African, Regional and International Cooperation.
5th April, 2016
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