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Tony Blair sends congratulations as Rwanda formally joins Commonwealth

Tony Blair sends congratulations as Rwanda formally joins Commonwealth

President Kagame was in London this week as Rwanda took the latest step in its development journey as its flag was officially raised alongside those of 54 other Commonwealth nations. The move is hailed by Rwandans as an example of their openness to the world and determination to play a full role in the global community.

Tony Blair said:

"I know how important this step will be to the Rwandan people. 16 years ago they were left devastated by conflict, today they are welcomed by the world community and the Commonwealth family. It is a tribute to the hard work that has brought them this far and to the leadership of President Kagame."

" I send my congratulations on this latest step forward and I know that it won’t be the last for this remarkable country."

In addition to taking part in an official flag raising ceremony, President Kagame met with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, delivered a lecture to the Royal Commonwealth Society and took part in a multi-faith celebration of Commonwealth Day in Westminster Abbey.

Rwanda’s rapid progress and ambitious development plans have brought the world’s attention to the central African state, where the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative has a team of experts working with the Government in Kigali helping President Kagame and his Ministers to deliver on their vision for Rwanda.

Read President Kagame's speech at the flag-raising ceremony here.

Watch the video "Commonwealth welcomes Rwanda" here.