World

Boris is said to tell Charles to “have an open mind” about deportations from Rwanda.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a lesson during a visit to the GS Kacyiru II school on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting June 23, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)

Boris Johnson attends a lesson while visiting a school in Rwanda’s capital Kigali (Image: AP

Boris Johnson says he is ready to defend the “obvious merits” of his Rwandan deportation policy to Prince Charles, who isn’t the biggest fan.

The two will meet tomorrow for talks over a cup of tea in Kigali for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit (Chogm).

Many are expecting the encounter to be awkward after the Prince of Wales reportedly called the Home Office’s deal with Rwanda “appalling”.

Under the new scheme, asylum seekers who enter the UK via ‘illegal’ routes will be given a one-way ticket to Rwanda for resettlement.

There is hope that the plan will break the business model of people smugglers, who ferry people across the English Channel in tiny and inadequate dinghies.

But activists have raised concerns about the human rights situation in Rwanda – which Johnson failed to address in her meeting with President Paul Kagame today.

The United Nations has said the system violates international law, while activists say the idea of ​​criminalizing asylum seekers based on the way they arrive betrays the very principle of asylum.

KIGALI, RWANDA - JUNE 23: (L-R) Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame meet with other Commonwealth leaders at the Intare Conference on the Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical diseases in Halle on June 23, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, has attended five of the 24 meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government since 1971: Edinburgh 1997, Uganda 2007, Sri Lanka (representing the Queen) 2013, Malta 2015 and the United Kingdom 2018. During the British CHOGM, it was officially announced that the Prince would succeed the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The heads of state and government of the Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting, which is hosted alternately by a different member country. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Charles caused some inconvenience for No 10 after reportedly calling the Rwanda deal ‘appalling’ (Image: PA)

KIGALI, RWANDA - JUNE 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall kisses Carrie Johnson, wife of Prime Minister Boris Johnson as they attend an event on violence against women and girls at the Kigali Convention Center on June 23, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda . Prince Charles, Prince of Wales has attended five of the 24 meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government since 1971: Edinburgh 1997, Uganda 2007, Sri Lanka 2013 (representing the Queen), Malta 2015 and the UK in 2018 during the UK CHOGM was officially announced that the Prince would succeed the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The heads of state and government of the Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting, which is hosted alternately by a different member country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall kisses the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson at a violence against women and girls in Kigali (Image: Getty Images)

But the prime minister has lashed out at “condescending” opponents of his plans and hopes his trip to Rwanda could change people’s perceptions of the country.

The conversation between Johnson and Charles will be the first since it was reported that the prince described the policy as “appalling” in private remarks.

The Prime Minister said he was “delighted that Prince Charles and all are here today to see a country undergoing complete or very significant transformation”.

In an interview with broadcasters at a school in Kigali, the prime minister was asked if he would be willing to defend the policy if Charles addressed it.

“People have to stay open to politics, the critics have to stay open to politics. A lot of people see its obvious merits,” he replied.

“Well yes, of course, if I see the prince tomorrow I’ll point that out.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/REX/Shutterstock (12583680ac) Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson host a reception for Commonwealth leaders during the Cop26 Summit at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow. COP26, Day 3, Glasgow, Scotland, UK – 02 November 2021

No10 has tried to dampen expectations that Charles and the PM are headed for a fight (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a lesson during a visit to the GS Kacyiru II school on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting June 23, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. The heads of state and government of the Commonwealth countries meet every two years at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is hosted alternately by different member countries. A total of 24 meetings have been held since 1971, most recently in the UK in 2018. Dan Kitwood/Pool via REUTERS

Johnson says he’s ready to defend Rwanda’s deportation plan if the Prince of Wales mentions him (Image: Reuters)

As he prepared for his flight to Rwanda, Johnson told reporters he hoped the trip “may help others shed some of their condescending attitude towards Rwanda and how this partnership could work.”

But contrary to Johnson’s comments, his official spokesman tried to dampen expectations that he was headed for a clash with Charles.

He said it was “unlikely” that the Prime Minister would bring up politics, which he said were not “at the forefront of his mind”.

President Kagame has been lauded for his role in ending the 1994 genocide in which ethnic Hutu extremists murdered about 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu during the 100-day civil war.

Since then, however, his regime has been accused of political repression, alleged murders and the imprisonment of critics.

Downing Street had suggested Johnson, who was visiting the Kigali genocide memorial today, would raise human rights concerns.

06/23/2022. Kigali, Rwanda. Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Groupe Scolaire Kacyiru II, where he meets students from Girls??? Club picture by Andrew Parsons / No. 10 Downing Street

Johnson did not raise any concerns about the human rights situation in Rwanda during his visit (Image: Andrew Parsons/No10 Downing Street)

But after their meeting, his spokesman said: “I don’t think they discussed that at their meeting, there was a whole range of issues that they discussed.

“You will know that some of the concerns about rights have been raised on a number of occasions, including at ministerial level, and that is something we are raising with Rwanda.”

Though it was Johnson’s first visit to the nation during his time at No. 10, he had no plans to visit any of the homes designated for the program.

The first flight, intended to take people to Rwanda, was due to take off last week but was grounded by successful legal challenges ahead of a full hearing on the programme’s legality in UK courts.

Despite the possibility that no asylum seekers will be deported, the Kigali government said it has already received payment for the £120million deal signed with Britain and has already spent some of the money.

Although the policy is effectively justified unless the UK finds a way around the European Court of Human Rights ruling, Johnson and Kigali claimed it is already working.

A No 10 spokesman said: “Leaders also hailed the successful UK-Rwanda partnership on migration and economic development, which is tackling dangerous smuggling gangs while offering people the chance to start a new life in a safe country build up.”

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

For more stories like this, Visit our news page.

https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/23/boris-to-tell-charles-to-keep-an-open-mind-over-rwanda-deportations-16882379/ Boris is said to tell Charles to "have an open mind" about deportations from Rwanda.

Justin Scacco

InternetCloning is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@internetcloning.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button