Rwanda dismisses reports of deal with Israel

ANI | Updated: Feb 13, 2018 17:54 IST

Istanbul [Turkey], Feb 13 (ANI): Rwanda has dismissed the reports of having a deal with Israel to host African migrants being deported from the Jewish state.

Anadolu Agency quoted Rwandan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Olivier J.P. Nduhungirehe as saying, "First, we don't have any deal with Israel."

Adding, "Second, we will only receive the migrants who are willing to express [their] will to come to Rwanda, not those, who are deported against their will."

Earlier reportedly, around 10,000 African refugees in Israel were at risk of being deported by force to Rwanda that would allow the Rwandan government to earn USD 5,000 for every refugee it takes in.

However, Olivier J.P. Nduhungirehe clarified and said the recent reports are "fake news".

The Rwandan minister further said that his country was willing to host African migrants stranded in Libya.

"Rwanda has expressed its willingness to host African migrants that are stranded in Libya," he said.

"So, we say that those, who are willing to come to Rwanda, we will receive that," he added. (ANI)