President Trump congratulates RPF chairman on AU role

American President Donald Trump has congratulated RPF Chairman Paul Kagame who is taking on the role of African Union Chairperson.

The two presidents met on the sidelines of the just concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, President Trump congratulated the RPF Chairman on his role as the incoming Chairperson of the African Union.

Kagame is expected to take over as the chairperson at the end of this month during the African Union Heads of State summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“I want to congratulate you Mr. President as being the new head of the African Union, that’s a great honour,” Trump said.

During the meeting, the two presidents reviewed the bilateral relations between the countries and discussed issues of interest to the African Union including peace and security, counterterrorism, U.S.-Africa trade, and African Union reform.

President Kagame said that the continent was looking forward to productive work relations with the United States.

“We are looking forward to working with the United States at the level of the African Union where we are carrying out reforms. That helps in cooperation with the United States and it will be beneficial when we are organized,” Kagame said.

From the ties with the United States, Kagame said that Rwanda had benefited in multiple aspects including peace keeping operations, trade, investments and tourism among others.

The two leaders reaffirmed the pre-eminence of mutual understanding and agreed to work together to identify further ways to enhance strategic partnerships.

While in Davos, the RPF Chairman has held bilateral talks with leaders from all across the world from political, business and civil society backgrounds.


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