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Newsline: Israel opened embassy in Rwanda

Israel opened a new embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali, in a sign of strengthening relations between the two countries. The new mission was opened by the director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Yuval Rotem, and Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera, the Times of Israel reported. Addressing the ceremony, Rotem said he is “confident that the opening of the Israeli embassy in Rwanda will within a few years bring our relations with Rwanda and with the African continent to a whole new level.” (https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190402-israel-opens-embassy-in-rwanda/) Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement about the new mission, saying: “The opening of the embassy reflects the ongoing strengthening of relations between the two states and will enable expansion of the cooperation between them in many areas, such as education, academia, women empowerment, science and technology, innovation and agriculture.” The decision to open an embassy in Rwanda was first announced in February, when the new Israeli Ambassador Ron Adam presented his credentials to the Rwandan Foreign Ministry.

Newsline: Israel opens embassy in Rwanda

In a historic first, Israel on Feb. 22 opened an embassy in Rwanda as Jerusalem pushes for warmer ties with African nations. Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Richard Sezibera accepted the Israeli ambassador’s credentials night during a signing ceremony for a number of diplomats establishing new diplomatic missions in Kigali, according to several social media posts from both Israeli and Rwandan officials (https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/195792-190222-israel-opens-first-embassy-in-rwanda-as-pm-pushes-africa-ties). Israeli Ambassador Ron Adam’s new diplomatic post will be geared toward bilateral cooperation in the fields of health, technology, education, agriculture, and cyber-security.

Newsline: Israel to open first embassy in Rwanda as part of ‘expansion in Africa’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will open an embassy in Rwanda for the first time. Netanyahu said he apprised Rwandan President Paul Kagame of the decision at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The opening of the embassy “is part of the expansion of Israel’s presence in Africa and the deepening of cooperation between Israel and African countries,” Netanyahu said in a statement. His visit to Kenya is his third to Africa in a year and a half. Israel and Rwanda re-established ties in 1994 after they were broken in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War.


Newsline: Ethiopia to Open Embassy in Rwanda

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who is on a three-day state visit to Rwanda will open his country’s embassy in Rwanda. The news was announced by Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. Ethiopia has been carrying out its diplomatic relations with Rwanda through its embassy in Uganda. Rwanda opened its first embassy in Ethiopia in 1978.


Newsline: Rwanda to Open Embassy in Angola

Rwanda will soon open an embassy in Angola to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. This was announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, shortly after the Angolan Minister for External Relations, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, met President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro in Kigali. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is the current chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.


Newsline: Rwandan Embassies Faulted for Poor Financial Reports

The Auditor-General has cited lack of supervision in the expenditure of public finances at Rwandan diplomatic missions across the globe, calling up the missions and the line ministries “to get their acts together.” In an exclusive interview with The New Times, Obadiah Biraro said avoidable hitch in public financial management is the lack of proper accounting records, which he said the audit for the fiscal year 2011/2012 found lacking in five of the 25 embassies audited. Biraro presented the report to a joint parliamentary session. The report noted improvement in the way entities accounted for funds.


Newsline: DR Congo war crimes suspect taken from US embassy in Rwanda to ICC prison

Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda spent his first night in custody at the International Criminal Court Saturday, having turned himself in to face charges ranging from murder and rape to using child soldiers. The first ever suspect to voluntarily surrender to the ICC, Ntaganda is wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during his years as a warlord in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The man known as “The Terminator” walked into the US embassy in Rwanda on Monday and asked to be sent to the Hague-based court. Ntaganda was allegedly involved in the murder of at least 800 people in villages in the volatile east of the DR Congo. He is also accused of having kept child soldiers in his rebel army and using women as sex slaves between September 2002 and September 2003. He was taken into ICC custody in Kigali and flown to Rotterdam airport late on Friday. The ICC tweeted shortly after that “Bosco Ntaganda arrived to the ICC detention centre”, under Dutch police escort in The Hague’s seaside suburb of Scheveningen. US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed a major step for “justice and accountability.”


Newsline: Congo warlord remains at US Embassy

Wanted on an international warrant for alleged war crimes, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda lived openly in Congo for years, playing tennis at exclusive clubs and dining at lakeside restaurants in full view of foreign diplomats and U.N. peacekeepers. That all ended when the 39-year-old known as “The Terminator” suddenly turned himself in Monday to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda and asked to be handed over to the International Criminal Court — a surprise move that followed a split in Ntaganda’s rebel group and apparent loss of support from his backers in the Rwandan government. In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that Ntaganda would remain at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali while U.S. officials worked to “facilitate his transfer to The Hague at his own request.” Ntaganda was then told by his Rwandan contacts to go to the U.S. Embassy, he said, noting that the United States is not a member of the International Criminal Court and has no obligation to hand Ntaganda over to the court. Nuland said the U.S. had no prior contact with Ntaganda or advance notice that he would turn up at the embassy. “It was a walk-in in the truest sense of the word,” she said. She declined to say why he chose the U.S. Embassy or whether he may have feared for his safety.


Newsline: Congo “Terminator” warlord surrenders at U.S. Embassy in Rwanda

Fugitive Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda walked into the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda on Monday and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court, where he faces war crimes charges racked up during years of rebellion. By surrendering in Kigali, where an embassy official said staff were “shocked” by his sudden arrival, Ntaganda ended a career that saw him fight as a rebel and government soldier on both sides of the Rwanda-Congo border during nearly 20 years of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. Ntaganda’s whereabouts had been unknown after hundreds of his fighters fled into Rwanda or surrendered to U.N. peacekeepers at the weekend following their defeat by a rival faction of M23 rebels in the mineral-rich eastern Congo. “He specifically asked to be transferred to the ICC in the Hague,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington. “We are currently consulting with a number of governments, including the Rwandan government, in order to facilitate his request.” Ntaganda faces charges of conscripting child soldiers, murder, ethnic persecution, sexual slavery and rape during the 2002-3 conflict in the Ituri district of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. But according to a U.N. panel of experts, Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, was most recently a leader of the M23 rebellion, which has pursued a year-long insurgency that embarrassed Kinshasa and U.N. peacekeepers by seizing the capital of North Kivu province, Goma, in November.


Newsline: Rwandan Foreign Minister Pledges to Open Israel Embassy Within Six Months

Rwanda plans to open an Embassy in Tel Aviv within six months The Algemeiner has learned. Speaking to a small group of reporters at a press conference on Friday hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo said, “We are going to open an embassy in Tel Aviv,” in video footage of the event seen by The Algemeiner, “I should say in the next six months.” “My President was very clear,” she continued, turning to Rabbi Shmuley, who had posed a question on the subject, “he gave me orders when you were there that he wants an embassy opened very soon.” However, Ilana Stein, a spokesperson for Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told The Algemeiner that no formal steps had been taken by the Rwandans towards opening the embassy in Israel. “Usually if you want to open an embassy the first thing they [Rwanda] would do is talk to your counterpart— which would be us. We have not heard anything official about an embassy being opened here is Israel.” But Stein did not dismiss the idea.”In general Israel is always glad to have closer ties to countries around the world,” she said, adding, “The relations between Israel and Rwanda are very good.”