Rwanda Indians delighted by Modi’s visit; PM arrives in Uganda

Modi invited them to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas next year as well as other business and cultural events in India.

Published: 25th July 2018 03:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th July 2018 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi feeds a cow after he donated 200 cows under Rwanda’s ‘Girinka’ programme, at Rweru Model village, in Rwanda | PTI

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Indian community in Rwanda, estimated at around 3,000, is delighted with the visit of Narendra Modi to their country, the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister. During his interaction with the community leaders in Kigali on Monday evening and Tuesday morning before leaving for Kampala, Uganda, Modi invited them to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas next year as well as other business and cultural events in India.

“On behalf of the Indian community, I would like to convey our sincere thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for visiting Rwanda and giving us this wonderful opportunity. It is indeed a great milestone between these two countries for further strengthening bilateral relations, trade partnership and socio-economic exchange. We were honoured to have listened to his kind words and received the personal invitation for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, along with other occasions well packaged by our PM himself,” Mukesh Sahu, Chairman, Indian Community in Rwanda (INAR), told The New Indian Express.

“It’s a great honour for Indians in Rwanda to receive Narendra Modi ji in Kigali,” concurred  INAR Vice-chairman Srinath Vardhineni. “His visit will certainly help Indians in Rwanda and enhance our bilateral relationship with Rwanda. Opening of the Indian High Commission in Rwanda is another milestone in foreign policy of the government of Mr  Modi to make  India a global power,” he said. Apart from the community in Rwanda, several Indians from the neighbouring states of Democratic Republic Of Congo and Burundi had also come to Kigali to interact with Modi.

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