Rwanda has reiterated its readiness to receive African migrants from Israel.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, affirmed that Kigali would accept the refugees and asylum seekers as long as the process of relocating them was in line with international laws.
“We have told the state of Israel that our country as part of its policy is ready to receive any African migrant that would be leaving Israel in the context of international law,” she said.
“We have also agreed that we will provide as a country the basics that we provide to our own citizens. It is the same for refugees and other foreign nationals coming to Rwanda. We have yet to get a number of those migrants to arrive here in Rwanda but we are ready, we have been ready,” Ms Mushikiwabo added.
She said Rwanda’s ‘open-door policy’ on refugees, migrants and asylum seekers remained as was even as Kigali continues to deny a controversial deal with Israel to have refugees relocated from Tel Aviv.
“That policy is not going to change, to receive anybody who is not comfortable for various reasons and all this of course within the means of our country,” she said.
“We are not pretending to be able to receive the whole world here but it is something we are considering,” she added.
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