By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU
Rwanda’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana, and the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Ambassador Eric Kneedler met this week at Rwanda’s Mission in the U.S., where the two ambassadors engaged in fruitful discussions about matters of common interest and ways to further strengthen the bilateral ties between the United States and Rwanda.
Ambassador Mukantabana and Ambassador Kneedler discussed various areas of cooperation, including trade and investment, security, education, and healthcare. Both ambassadors expressed their commitment to deepening the already strong relationship between their countries and exploring new avenues for collaboration.
Rwanda has an impressive economic growth and development. The country is committed to good governance, human rights, and regional stability.
The meeting between Ambassador Mukantabana and Ambassador Kneedler at Rwanda’s Mission in the U.S. was a significant step towards deepening the bilateral ties between the United States and Rwanda.
The U.S Mission in Kigali which is currently led by Chargé d’Affaires Deb MacLean has not yet officially announced the arrival of the already appointed ambassador to Rwanda.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Rwanda in 1962, following its independence from a Belgian-administered trusteeship.
The United States assists Rwanda in the health sector, and the economic sector, particularly in rural areas.
U.S. assistance in Rwanda also supports regional economic integration to spur business development, entrepreneurship, and increased employment opportunities among others.