Rwanda’s FM Vincent Biruta: ‘It’s time to open a new chapter between Rwanda and France’
28 April 2021 | 12:09 pm
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vincent Biruta said that two recent reports on France’s role in the 1994 genocide – one submitted in France and the other in Rwanda – came “almost to the same” conclusion, and allow for the potential opening of a new chapter in diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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