Governor General of Canada, H.E Julie Payette has arrived in Rwanda two days ahead of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi 25th Commemoration.
“At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada will attend Kwibuka25, the 25th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.” Statement from Canadian High Commission reads
“The visit to Rwanda will demonstrate Canada’s commitment to preventing genocide and mass atrocities as well as affirm our relations with Rwanda.” it adds
Accompanied by a delegation of prominent Canadians, Governor General, Julie Payette has been greeted by Rwandan officials.
Canada established relations with Rwanda in 1963. In Rwanda, Canada is represented by a High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. Canada also has an Office of the High Commission in Kigaki. In Canada, Rwanda is represented by a High Commission in Ottawa.
Canada and Rwanda collaborate on a wide range of issues, including trade and investment, judicial matters, climate change, peacekeeping and cooperation within multilateral organizations such as the Commonwealth and La Francophonie.
Canada notes Rwanda’s national reconciliation process and the progress it has made with respect to development. Our ongoing interests in Rwanda relate to promoting the importance of a pluralist society, respect for human rights, and seeking concrete solutions to challenges in the region related to peace and security.
Canada supported the creation of the Rwanda National University in the city of Butare. Post-genocide, Canada supported efforts to re-establish Rwanda’s social institutions and infrastructure. In 2004, the Canadian Parliament declared April 7 as a Day of Remembrance of the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. On April 7, 2008, the Canadian Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution to designate April 7 as a Day of Reflection on the Prevention of Genocide.