Brasilia, 7 October 2023 (TDI): Vincent Biruta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda, enters on a progressive two-day official visit to Brazil.

Minister Biruta’s visit primarily aims to build bilateral ties and raise trade relations between Rwanda and Brazil.

Fruitful discussions unfolded as Minister Biruta engaged with key figures from the Brazilian Federal Government, including Ambassador Mauro Viera and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Notably, two crucial agreements were inked during these deliberations. One focuses on transferring sentenced persons and another on waiving visa requirements for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports.

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During discussions with his Brazilian counterpart, Minister Biruta highlighted the significant potential for cooperation in key sectors like Agriculture, Trade, Investment, and Air services.

Anticipating a brighter future, he conveyed, “We’ve agreed on a Rwandan business mission to Brazil soon, a pivotal move in strengthening economic ties and promoting deeper understanding between our nations,” during a press briefing in Brasilia.

On international affairs, Minister Biruta commended Brazil for its role as the President of the United Nations Security Council for October.

Discussions traversed pressing issues in peace and security, particularly in the African Great Lakes region. Both nations acknowledged the imperative need for united efforts in addressing security challenges and promoting stability and prosperity in the region.

As the Minister conveyed, “We have also agreed that a Rwandan business mission will visit Brazil shortly. This visit will be a significant step towards deepening economic relations and fostering greater understanding between our nations.”

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Climate change emerged as a critical focal point during the discussions. Rwanda and Brazil, sharing profound concerns about climate impact on their respective regions, pledged collaborative efforts to combat this challenge.