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President Kagame in Armenia for 17th Francophonie Summit

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President Kagame arriving in Yerevan, Armenia

Kigali: President Kagame yesterday arrived in Yerevan, Armenia where he is scheduled to attend the 17th edition of Francophonie Summit.Held under the theme, “Living together in solidarity, sharing humanist values and respect for diversity: source of peace and prosperity for the Francophone Community,” the two-day Summit brings together Heads of State and Government as well as other official delegations representing the Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF) member states.

During this year's Summit, Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo will be presented as Africa's candidate for the Secretary-General of OIF. This follows the unanimous decision of the 31st African Union Heads of State Summit held in Nouakchott, Mauritania in July this year to present her as the African Union's candidate.

OIF was created in 1970 to promote the French language, peace, and sustainable development. Rwanda is a founding member. The Organisation's 84 member States and Observers represent over one-third of UN Members States and account for a population of over 900 million people, including 274 million French speakers. (End)

 

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