Rwanda holds grand welcoming ceremony for visiting Chinese President

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan are welcomed in Kigali by President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Kigali for an official visit of Rwanda, the first ever by a Chinese Head of State.

A grand welcoming ceremony for President Xi was hosted by Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the capital city on Monday. The Chinese president arrived in the East African country on Sunday, accompanied by First Lady Peng Liyuan.

The two presidents are scheduled to hold bilateral talks, after which they will address a joint press conference later today.

President Xi will also pay his respect to the victims of the 1994 genocide at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where he will also meet the Chinese community in Rwanda.

In his arrival statement, President Xi Jinping hailed China-Rwanda historical ties, which he said have been beneficial to the peoples of the two countries.

“Despite the distance between China and Rwanda, our two countries and peoples have enjoyed a long tradition of deep friendship. Through 47 years of our diplomatic ties, our relationship has stood the test of time and international vicissitudes, and has enjoyed sound and steady growth. Treating each other with sincerity and as equals, our two sides have made significant progress in the political, economic and people-to-people fields, and enjoyed close communication and coordination in regional and international affairs”.

After completing his visit to the East African country, President Xi will fly to South Africa, where he is scheduled to attend the 2018 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg.