Jordan’s King Abdallah visits Rwanda

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, arrived in Rwanda on Sunday, January 7, for a three-day working visit and is expected to hold talks aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between both countries, according to a tweet from the President’s office.

Jordan and Rwanda have, over the past, cemented ties based on agreements including the waiving of visa for both citizens, pending the opening of Rwanda’s diplomatic mission in Jordan, as announced in 2023.

On the first day of the visit, the monarch held a closed door meeting with the RPF Chairman H.E President Paul Kagame during which they discussed various areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Following the bilateral meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of various agreements and memoranda of understanding including the elimination of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance, an agreement on cooperation in the field of health and medical science.

In February 2023, Rwanda and Jordan committed to enhancing bilateral ties when Foreign Affairs Minister Vincent Biruta received the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, in Kigali.

That time, they signed three cooperation agreements and MoUs in political consultations, higher education, health and medical sciences, and visa waiver for diplomatic, service, and special passports.

President Kagame’s last visit to Jordan was in March 2022, where he was hosted by King Abdullah II for a bilateral meeting on discussions enhancing ongoing areas of cooperation in defence and security, especially in fighting terrorism through information and expertise sharing.

In 2015, King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan launched the Aqaba Process to comprehensively address interconnected counter-terrorism and violent extremist threats through informal discussions around three key themes including; prevention, coordination, and ‘filling in the gaps.’

Jordan is a country in Western Asia, which shares borders with other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel.


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