President Kagame and First Lady Jeanette this week hosted the Diplomatic Corps to a New Year State Luncheon at Urugwiro Village gardens.
“We express our own and our country’s condolences to the Nation and families of those who lost their lives in Paris on Wednesday, story ” said Kagame.
“Terrorists represent only themselves. To defeat terrorists, we must work to shatter the illusion that they speak for a larger group or community.”
Islamist militants in France this week stormed the satirical weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, killing journalists and a police officer.
The attackers were later pursued by French armed forces who would later take them out of action.
Several heads-of-state have since condemned the attack as barbaric.
Kagame told diplomats on Friday that diplomacy and international cooperation are essential to develop the trust and consensus necessary to tackle them together.
“Our efforts must stem from recognition of our common humanity and values, which are shared equally across the world,” he added.
President Kagame further paid tribute to the diplomats who represent various nations from around the world, for excellent cooperation during the past year, and said Rwandans expected even greater gains in 2015.
“We valued the opportunity to work closely with many of you during our tour of service on the UN Security Council. The matters addressed at UNSC affect us all. Rwanda will continue to be an engaged member of the international community,” said the president.
“By listening more to each other and working more closely, we look forward to even greater gains in 2015. We must sustain the significant diplomatic progress we have made in developing consensus on the regional security agenda. It is encouraging to hear various actors speaking with the same voice because words do, occasionally, lead to action.”
In his address, the Dean of the Diplomatic corps, Ambassador Richard Kabonero said Rwanda stands for something, which he said is 8.5 percent growth, access to IT and universal health care, among other milestones.