Rwanda has “no particular problem with France”, the country’s President Paul Kagame said in an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 Friday, despite a long-running dispute over Paris’s alleged role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Kagame has accused France in the past of “participating” in the genocide, which saw the slaughter of at least 800,000 people, because of its support for the Hutu nationalist government that carried out the killings.
But as he visited Paris for a UN meeting on telecommunications, Kagame appeared to want to build bridges with France after years of strained ties.
“We have no particular problem with France,” he told FRANCE 24. “Relationships between countries can always improve … but so far I don’t know of any particular problem.”
Kagame refused to be drawn on whether he still held France partly responsible for the genocide.
“You want us to discuss history from 20 years ago? Let’s be more forward looking and talk about the future and how [Rwanda] has developed,” he said.