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SA Congratulates Rwanda’s Kagame on re-Election
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010
Country: South Africa
Created: Aug 13, 2010

International Relations Director General Ayanda Ntsaluba said South Africa remained committed to forging bilateral relations with Rwanda.

 

He said it was South Africa’s wish that the ties between the two countries will prosper during Kgame’s new term of office.

 

South Africa recently recalled its Ambassador to Rwanda for consultations over certain issues in that country. Ntsaluba at the time said the recall should not be seen as an intention to break the relations between the two countries. He said South Africa had no intention of expelling the Rwanda ambassador or cutting ties with Israel.

Relations between the two countries turned sour following the shooting of Rwandan army chief of staff, General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in Johannesburg, that drew media attention. Nyamwasa was seeking asylum in the country. The media then misquoted South Africa as saying the Rwandan government was involved in the shooting.

Ntsaluba said they would hold consultations with the Rwandan government to find common ground and to better understand the situation.

Kagame has been in control of Rwanda since his rebel army ended the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people in 1994. He was sworn in as vice-president and defence minister in the new, post-genocide government in July 1994, but he was widely seen as the real power in Rwanda.

 

In 2000, Parliament elected him as President. He won presidential elections in 2003 and again in 2010.  – BuaNews

 

 

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