- Title: Rwanda's Kagame meets Israel's leadership, looks to 'reinforcing cooperation'
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: KAGAME, RIVLIN AND NETANYAHU SHAKING HANDS ISRAELI FLAG (SOUNDBITE) (English) RWANDA'S PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME SAYING: "Ever since the Prime Minister's historic visit to East Africa last year, Israel has continued to follow through on its commitments and objective of scaling up engagement across Africa. This is a very positive trend which can only be welcomed and merits our support. We are looking forward to reinforcing our cooperation with Israel on common challenges and issues of mutual interest." EMBLEM OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL ISRAELI PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN SAYING: "Rwanda is now going to be member of the UN Human Rights Council. This is a body which is always against Israel, unfortunately. So we welcome all those who are prepared to speak for us and we appreciate your support very much." RWANDA FLAG ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU APPROACHING PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "In fact, it is one of our deepest pleasures to be able to cooperate with you in rebuilding your state, rebuilding it in agriculture, in water, in so many other areas, in security as well. We have pledged, I think, both our peoples, one simple pledge: Never again. Never again. We witnessed the greatest Holocaust in history, you who witnessed perhaps one of the most recent ones. Never again, that's another great bond between us." RWANDA AND ISRAEL'S FLAGS
- Embargoed: 24th July 2017 09:48
- Keywords: Israel Rwanda Africa Rwanda President Paul Kagame Benjamin Netanyahu Reuven Rivlin
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026P4V23B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Rwanda's President Paul Kagame met Israel's leadership on Monday (July 10) in Jerusalem, and said he was looking forward to reinforcing cooperation between the countries.
Kagame, on a two-day visit to the region, met Israel's President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Kagame is widely admired for restoring stability after Rwanda's 1994 genocide, presiding over rapid economic growth and a relatively corruption-free government.
Netanyahu, who visited Rwanda last year as part of three nation tour to Africa, said the two countries shared a ' great bond' - having both experienced genocide in their histories.
Kagame will run for a third term on August 4 against Frank Habineza, nominated by the opposition Democratic Green Party, and Philippe Mpayimana.
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