Her Excellency Ms. Yamina Claris Karitanyi, High Commissioner of Rwanda to the United Kingdom, presented her Letters of Commission to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a formal ceremony held at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
The presentation marked the official assumption of duties as High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom. The High Commissioner was escorted to Buckingham Palace in a state carriage by the Marshall and Vice Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps from Rwanda House at 120-122 Seymour Place, London, and was welcomed warmly by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. During the ceremony the High Commissioner presented her Letters of Commission to The Queen who then accredited her as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom.
The High Commissioner thanked Her Majesty the Queen for the audience and conveyed greetings and best wishes from H.E President Paul Kagame to Her Majesty the Queen, expressing the desire to further strengthen a positive relationship and partnership between the two countries. Her Majesty the Queen conveyed her best regards to H.E President Kagame and the people of Rwanda.
H.E. Ms. Yamina Claris Karitanyi later hosted a Vin d’Honneur at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, which was attended by a number of Heads of Diplomatic Missions, the Marshall and Vice Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Officials, Friends of Rwanda and members of the Rwandese community in the UK.
Representing the Government of the United Kingdom, The Vice Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps, Mr. Julian Evans, congratulated the High Commissioner on her accreditation and, in his address, spoke positively of Rwanda’s transformation and continued progress, particularly praising Rwanda’s Economic development and its leadership in Women Empowerment, amongst others.
Addressing the guests, the High Commissioner praised the strong relationship between Rwanda and the United Kingdom, expressing that the partnership has had a positive impact on Rwanda, particularly in Rwanda’s achievement of MDG targets in education, health, poverty reduction achieving gender parity in education. Her Excellency echoed the reaffirmation of Rwanda’s leaders’ commitment at the recent 13th Annual Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero) to accountability, increasing Government efficiency and measuring our achievements throughout.
The High Commissioner closed by proposing a toast for the good health of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for the continued strong bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Rwanda.