Rwanda and Mauritania have signed an Air Transport deal that will enable the national carrier RwandAir to establish flights to the latter in the future.
President Paul Kagame alongside his Mauritanian counterpart Mohamed Ould Ghazouani witnessed the signing ceremony in Nouakchott, the country’s capital.
According to Stephanie Nyombayire, the Presidential Press Secretary, “the agreement also grants RwandAir fifth freedom rights.”
Fifth freedom refers to the right to lift passengers from one’s own country to a second country and from that country onward to a third country (and so on). The RwandAir transport deal makes Mauritania, the company’s 30th destination.
According to Nyombayire, both Presidents also witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement that expands areas of collaboration.
Possible areas of cooperation include defence and security, ICT and digitalisation, mining, agriculture, investment promotion, according to an earlier statement issued by Office of the President.
President Kagame, who arrived in Mauritania on Wednesday, February 23, also discussed security threats on the continent.
The two leaders deliberated on the need for a bold and new approach that directs resources towards strengthening intra-African bilateral operations and building national capacity.