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Your Excellency,

As, this week, you mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, my wife and I particularly wanted you to know how much the people of Rwanda are in our thoughts and prayers at this special time of remembrance and reflection. 

We can hardly begin to imagine the unbearable horror that so many of you endured during that dreadful time or, indeed, the profound grief which you have borne with such dignity in the years since. 

For my part, I can only say how deeply I admire the strength and resilience of the Rwandan people over these past twenty-five years, together with your commitment to reconciliation and your determination that the atrocities of the past must not define the future to which you aspire.  In this regard, if I may say so, Rwanda, as an indispensable member of our Commonwealth family, offers an inspiring and deeply humbling example to us all. 

It could hardly be more fitting, therefore, that Kigali will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next year and I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to see your remarkable country for myself.