Rwanda’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Amb. Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, on Thursday presented her credentials to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.
Presenting her credentials, Ambassador Mujawamariya stated that Rwanda was ready to increase its engagement with Russia after re-opening its embassy in Moscow.
Photo: President Putin (right) receives Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Rwanda’s new ambassador to Russia . Source: The New Times/Courtesy
Mujawamariya described Russia as a long-term friend to Rwanda, according to an embassy statement.
She commended Russia’s collaboration on the UN Security Council and its recent support to the African Union position on the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The AU last year submitted its position on the ICC to the UN Security Council (UNSC), which demanded that no serving Head of State is prosecuted before ICC or any international tribunal.
The position was passed by African leaders during an extra ordinary session of AU Heads of States and government held In Addis Ababa last October.
Rwanda looks forward to Russia’s continued support on Council matters of importance, Mujawamariya said.
She promised that Rwandan representatives in New York will collaborate with Russia diplomats closely.
The Ambassador also expressed Rwanda’s wish for increasing number of scholarships granted by the Russian Federation to Rwandan students.
About 800 Rwandan students have graduated from Russian universities over the last 50 years in various disciplines including law, medicine, international affairs and political science.
The Rwandan embassy in Russia will soon embark on consultations with Russian universities to identify ways of increasing scholarships to Rwandan students in different areas such as science and technology, engineering, mining, petroleum and medicine, the embassy said in a statement.
This year, according to the statement, Rwanda and Russia are expected to hold a business forum to exhibit investment opportunities.
A recent Cabinet meeting approved Ambassador Andrey Vradimirovich Polyakov, as the new Russian envoy to Rwanda.
Source: The New Times