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Rwandan President receives Cuban Vice President

Kigali, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Rwandan President Paul Kagame met on Monday with Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa and the delegation accompanying him, who are on an official visit, the Cuban leader's last stopover in a tour of several African countries.

In Urugwiro Village, the Kigali presidency wrote on the social network X, that Kagame and Valdes Mesa discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

“The two countries enjoy long-standing relations, especially in the education and health sectors,” the publication highlighted.

Previously, the Cuban vice president visited the Genocide Memorial, a facility that shows in images a part of the barbarism lived by the Rwandan people for a little more than 100 days.

The remains of about 250,000 victims rest in this space that is a reminder of the importance of always defending the identity of peoples, the Cuban Presidency said on the same social network.

A sad passage in Rwanda’s history tells the story of the Kigali Genocide Memorial: more than one million people were killed in 1994, as part of one of the largest known ethnic genocides.

“I lived there deep emotions that will mark me for the rest of my life,’ the Cuban vice president wrote on the same digital platform.

When signing the visitors’ book, Valdés Mesa stated that “the Memorial must be a place for reflection, healing and reconciliation, not only for the Rwandan people but for all human beings.”

Between 800,000 and one million Rwandans, mostly Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus, were killed by extremist factions for nearly three months in 1994, a period that was identified as a bloody spring.

The official Cuban delegation also includes First Deputy Minister of Public Health Tania Margarita Cruz Hernandez, and the Deputy Director General of Bilateral Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Angel Villa Hernandez.


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