The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been keeping busy under its crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. He has virtually become one of the most powerful ... leaders of the Arab world, especially in the fight for influence in East Africa against its former foe Qatar. Is it any wonder that Riyadh is now making a foray into the arts to also highlight a more tolerant and open country?
Three main areas were addressed.
First, Kagame told his counterpart that he wanted to deepen bilateral relations between Kigali and N’Djamena on all levels and especially in economic matters. It’s important to note that Rwanda has two dedicated vectors for this: Crystal Ventures – an investment fund and the financial arm of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF, in power) – and Rwandair, the national carrier.
Above all, Kagame hopes to collaborate more frequently with the Chadian authorities on the persistent security crisis in the Central African Republic.
Kigali is militarily invested there – bilaterally and within the UN mission – while N’Djamena has an obvious interest in securing its border with the southern neighbour.
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Finally, in a broader sense, Kagame hopes to engage with Déby on the response of African countries to the terrorist threat, particularly in Central and Southern Africa. Rwanda recently sent more troops to Mozambique to counter the advance of jihadists.
In September, Chad will hold the rotating chairmanship of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.
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