“Speaking the truth is risky. But you do it because it is right, even when it costs you something, even when it is unpopular,” President Paul Kagame has said.
The Rwandan leader was Thursday speaking at a joint press conference with the visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Despite some loud noises and voices, President Macron took this step. Politically and morally, this was an act of tremendous courage,” he added.
“The truth heals,” Kagame went on, elaborating that on every dimension, including human rights, the Rwanda of today is objectively a nation transformed for the better.
“We continue to exist as a united people, against all odds. And we are constantly striving to be better still.”
He said this is the principle upon which Rwanda’s entire project of national unity and reconciliation is based.
“That has been our experience as Rwandans. There is no shortcut. Fundamentally, this visit is about the future, not the past. France and Rwanda are going to relate much better, to the benefit of both our peoples, economically, politically, and in terms of culture.”
In the evening, the two leaders went to Kigali Arena and watched a Basketball Inaugural Season quarter-finals game opposing Patriots BBC, representing Rwanda, and Ferroviário de Maputo representing Mozambique.