India to open resident mission in Rwanda

India will open its resident mission in Rwanda as it seeks to broaden its outreach to the resource-rich African continent which has witnessed a surge in the Chinese investment in recent years.

"We are great friends (India and Rwanda), and Rwanda has a good population of Indian community here...And, we have had a valid complaint of not having a resident mission in Kigali. So, I must tell you that the government has already taken up the matter and in coming weeks or months, we will have a physical presence of a resident mission here," Vice President Hamid Ansari said.

Ansari, who is on a five-day visit to Rwanda and Uganda, was addressing a gathering of the Indian community here on Sunday at a banquet hosted by a diaspora group in his honour.

Rwanda has about 3,000 people from the Indian community and Ansari said, they are "very purposeful, very entrenched and very well-doing."

"Our government is working to build ties and give it more content. And, most important segment of that is this community. So, we want to build up and give you a little more support," he said.

Sources said, the decision to open the mission has reached and advanced stage and a skeletal set up will be ready in few months.

"Both countries have in principle agreed to open the mission here and modalities are being worked out," the sources said. Ansari also said that RwandAir will soon begin its operations to India.

Earlier addressing reporters en route to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Ansari said India is not competing with China or any other country for broadening its outreach to Africa.
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