Kagame is now the 97th head of state to have planted a tree at the Grove of Nations.

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Ahead of his prominent two-day mission in Israel, President Paul Kagame has now come out to make the list of heads of States who planted a tree at a place known as ‘Grove of Nations’ in Jerusalem, Israel.

Received by President Rivlin of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the President’s residence in Jerusalem, Kagame is now the 97th head of state to have planted a tree at the Grove of Nations, a tree symbolizing ‘life and peace’.

“I am very happy to take part in this very meaningful tradition of planting a tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations. Tree-planting symbolizes our duty to care for the environment which surrounds us and sustains us,” Kagame said at the planting ceremony.

“We are honored that a tree representing Rwanda and its people will take root in this important place while tree-planting symbolizes our duty to care for the environment which surrounds us and sustains us. The Grove of Nations reminds us that together we are the custodians of peace, co-operation in this world we share,” he added.

This particular forest, Grove of Nations, also serves as a living embodiment of the ideals of friendship, brotherhood and equality among nations.

Kagame thanked fellow Israeli President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu for the opportunity to reaffirm and deepen the friendly relationship between Israel and Rwanda.

“We are looking forward to reinforcing our collaboration with Israel on common challenges and issues of mutual interest. Rwanda is open for business and we look forward to welcoming private sector delegations from Israel even more frequently. This marks our shared history and our country presence alongside Israel as we work together to better the lives of our people. Thank you for honoring the special ties of friendship that connect our nations,” he said.

Israel has continued to follow through on its commitments and objective of scaling up engagement across Africa.

On Rwanda’s side, the government has opened consular office in Israel while Israel’s embassy is in Ethiopia. In addition, an agricultural centre of excellence dubbed ‘Center of Excellence for Horticultural Development’ has been established in Rwanda in partnership with Israel, to boost Rwanda’s agriculture development.

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