In response to allegations that Rwanda fired rockets into the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UK Home Secretary, Ms. Braverman, has dismissed concerns about the country’s ability to criticize Rwanda on other issues due to their migration deal. She stated that any concerns would be raised in private, as part of the “close” and “frank” relationship between the two countries.
Ms. Braverman also defended Rwanda, stating that there was a “gross misperception about Rwanda in the UK.” She highlighted Rwanda’s safe environment, forward-looking dynamic economy, and its provision of humanitarian relief and refuge to refugees in the region.
When questioned on whether the migration deal affected the UK’s ability to criticize Rwanda, Ms. Braverman stated that any concerns would be addressed by relevant ministers in private. The migration deal, which was signed in 2019, allows the UK to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, where they can be processed and resettled.
Despite concerns raised by some human rights groups about the deal, the UK government has defended it as a way to deter illegal migration and protect vulnerable people. The deal has also been praised for providing refugees with a safe and stable environment while their asylum claims are being processed.
Overall, the UK government appears to maintain a positive relationship with Rwanda, while also acknowledging the need for private discussions on sensitive issues.