Rwanda, Turkey to enhance parliamentary diplomacy

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Rwanda, Turkey to enhance parliamentary diplomacy

Rwanda lawmakers are set to visit Turkey to seek ways through which parliamentary diplomacy between both countries can be enhanced.

Turkish Ambassador to Rwanda, Burcu Cevik made this known on Tuesday after paying a courtesy visit to Rwandan Senate President Augustin Iyamuremye in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, to congratulate him on his election as senate leader.

Cevik, on Monday also met with the speaker of the Rwandan Lower Chambers, Donatille Mukabalisa.

“We discussed how to improve our relationship between Rwanda and Turkey and see how we can enhance bilateral ties of the parliaments,” she said.

Stressing the need for mutual cooperation, both leaders discussed how to work together to further expand cooperations.

She revealed that a delegation of Rwandan lawmakers will soon visit Turkey in a bid to enhance parliamentary cooperation.

Turkey opened its embassy in Rwanda in 2014.

The envoy said there have been efforts to improve bilateral relations in various fields, including trade, investment, education, cultural as well as political exchanges over the years.

Turkey considers Rwanda as a right partner in African policy and the country wants to have more high-level exchanges where the focus of partnerships lies in enhancing bilateral relations in every field, including education, culture, defence and security, said Ambassador Cevik.

Senator Iyamuremye said he was impressed by current bilateral relations of Turkey and Rwanda.

“Our relations can be defined by actions. For instance, the Kigali Convention Center and the Kigali Arena were both built by a Turkish construction firm. We have a peat plant in Gisagara district which is also under construction by a Turkish company, not forgetting trade relations… all these are a testament that our relations are getting better and we are happy for the progress made so far,” he said.

“We are looking at ways how both countries can enhance parliamentary cooperation by sharing experiences,” he added.

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