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Rwandan President, Paul Kagame Meets Gabon’s Ali Bongo

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame on Monday travelled to Gabon where he met with his counterpart Al Bongo Ondimba.

President Ali Bongo officially welcomed the Rwandan leader at Palais de la Renovation, where they held talks.

Speaking to the press, President Kagame acknowledged Ali Bongo’s recovery, saying he could not resume his duties.

“I am glad that there is significant improvement to his health that has led to the resumption of his responsibilities,” Kagame said.

Kagame’s visit comes just a day after President Ali Bongo made his first televised speech since he returned to the country after a long absence during which he sought treatment for a stroke.

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President Ali Bongo returned to Gabon in late March after several months in Morocco, where he was recuperating from his illness.

He suffered a stroke in October last year during an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

President Kagame also took the opportunity to acknowledge Gabon’s role in Africa’s development.

“Gabon has been central to African interests, vision and the strategy to achieve that vision. President Bongo has been very active working with other leaders on our continent to make sure we raise our level of development,” he said.

Kagame hosted the Gabonese leader in Kigali in February 2018, when the two leaders held bilateral talks and pledged to promote trade and investment as well as cooperation between the two nations and people.

 

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