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Presidents Kagame, Macron discuss Africa-France ties

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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Presidents Kagame, Macron discuss Africa-France ties

President Paul Kagame and his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday held bilateral talks in Paris, France during which the two leaders discussed ties between the African Union and the European nation, among other subjects. Macron met Kagame at the Élysée Palace and during a subsequent news conference by the two leaders, Kagame said their talks covered a range of areas largely in his capacity as African Union Chairperson. The two presidents also met the Chief Executive Officers of around 60 leading global tech companies to discuss nurturing innovation and enterprise in Africa. “We have engaged in a range of discussions on bilateral relations and had an interesting conversation with business leaders taking part in the Tech for Good Summit on nurturing innovation and enterprise in Africa, especially around our young people,” he said. Kagame said that Africa is willing and ready to support the role technology and the youth play in the development of the continent and the world at large. “This partnership presents a new mindset on how we need to collectively address these issues and each maintain ownership on ensuring the outcomes of this partnership benefit us all,” he said. Their discussions among other things touched on the peace and security situation in Africa as well as opportunities regarding social economic transformation. In regards to the peace and security on the continent, the two leaders considered ways to improving the situation in countries such as Central African Republic and the Sahel region. Their talks also touched on the state of relations between the countries which has not been in the best of terms over the years largely due to France’s involvement in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Source: The New Times