, who inspired the film ‘Hotel Rwanda
,’ 였다 convicted of terrorism-related charges and sentenced to 25 수감 년 by a court in Kigali in September
2021. The US State Department previously said he was wrongfully detained
, according to a statement released in July
Anaïse Kanimba, one of Rusesabagina’s daughters, told CNN following Blinken’s meetings with Rwandan government officials, “We trust that if the US relationship with Rwanda is strong enough to be deserving of financial and trusted cooperation, then it is strong enough to push for the release of our father on humanitarian grounds.”
In a conversation prior to Blinken’s visit to Kigali, Kanimba told CNN that the family has strong concerns about Rusesabagina’s health. She said he was believed to have had a stroke three or four months ago, and without proper treatment, he could have another one.
“He’s a 68 year old man who’s been in prison for two years now under tough conditions. He’s also a cancer survivor,” 그녀가 말했다.
“So anything can happen to him and they don’t have a proper medical care for him, they’re not willing to give it to him over there, and so that’s why we want the Secretary of State to fully advocate for our dad so he can come back home and get proper medical attention,” Kanimba said.
Rwandan Foreign Minister Biruta said Rusesabagina’s judicial process had followed Rwandan and international laws.
“We will request our partners to respect Rwanda’s sovereignty and Rwanda’s laws and its institutions,” Biruta said.
Blinken also said he had raised with Kagame the issue of “credible reports” relating to Rwanda’s alleged support for rebel group M23 and allegations of Rwandan forces being sent into neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
“My message to both [콩고민주공화국] President Tshisekedi and President Kagame has been the same. Any support or cooperation with any armed group in eastern DRC endangers local communities and regional stability. And every country in the region must respect the territorial integrity of the others,” Blinken said at the press conference.
Rwanda has previously denied allegations by Congo’s government that it backs M23 and that it has sent soldiers over the border, according to previous CNN reporting. M23 has also denied it receives Rwandan support.
Blinken added that Tshisekedi and Kagame have agreed to engage in direct talks with each other and that both leaders are ready to restart talks with armed groups.
Later on Thursday, Blinken participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Kigali Genocide Memorial to commemorate the victims of the 1994 대량 학살.