The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is responsible for facilitating and coordinating Rwanda’s international relations. Rwanda is steadily developing bilateral relations with many countries and in 2009 it was admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations and restored diplomatic and economic ties with France. Rwanda holds a permanent mission to the United Nations (UN) and believes that issues of peace, security, justice and human rights in Africa are of utmost importance. Rwanda has diplomatic missions in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, and hosts numerous foreign embassies.
Bilateral cooperation exists between Rwanda and many other countries. Around 13 foreign embassies and consulates are located within its borders, most of them based in the capital, Kigali. Collaborative efforts by the US Embassy and the Rwandan Government have helped to establish regional stability through a mutual commitment to security organisations like the United Nations (UN). The British Embassy in Rwanda, where the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is also based, is well established. UK support to Rwanda totals £46 million each year, and the UK stipulated an intention to maintain this level of support until 2016. Most of this budget goes directly towards poverty reduction.
Rwanda maintains embassies and consulates in about 21 countries around the world. As a member of the United Nations (UN), Rwanda works towards international economic development, security and peace and maintains a permanent mission in New York, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland. In continued efforts to strengthen Rwanda’s commitment to African unity, and the development of strong economic and diplomatic relations, the country maintains embassies in several African countries, including Kenya, Congo, Egypt and South Africa. Embassies and other foreign missions can be contacted for information on consular matters such as visas, passports and travel.