German President Horst Koehler (left) welcomes Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, April 22.(Michael Gottschalk/AFP/Getty Images)
German President Horst Koehler (left) welcomes Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, April 22.
(Michael Gottschalk/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Plays Hardball in Africa

April 29, 2008  •  From theTrumpet.com
To counter rising Chinese hegemony in Africa, Germany looks to establish military relations with one of the continent’s most controversial military regimes.
 

German ambition is not confined to Europe. In fact, Berlin is looking far afield to extend its interests. On April 22, German President Horst Köhler received Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Berlin with military honors. Kagame’s trip, his fourth official visit to Germany, came only two months after Köhler visited Rwanda.

What was Kagame doing in Berlin? He had two main objectives: first, to woo German businesses to invest in Rwanda; second, to meet with German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung and other officials to discuss establishing military relations.

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