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Boris Johnson to meet Prince Charles in Rwanda following reported criticism of ‘appalling’ asylum policy Politics news

Written by Javed Iqbal

Boris Johnson will hold talks with Prince Charles in Rwanda after the successor to the throne allegedly criticized the government’s policy of sending asylum seekers there as “shocking”.

The Prime Minister will join Prince of Wales Thursday in the capital Kigali, where they are attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Mr. Johnson plans to avoid visiting the residence where migrants deported from the UK would be sent under the plans.

It was reported Charles called the policy “shocking” in a private conversation.

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“They must meet, of course they will meet during the summit, but they must also have a bilateral discussion,” the prime minister’s official spokesman said.

The first flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda was to take off last week, however legal challenges cut down on the manifesto until only about seven migrants or fewer were expected to be on board.

The policy is part of a £ 120m financial deal. with Kigali, but it has been widely mocked for concerns about Rwanda’s human rights status.

Despite being Mr Johnson’s first visit to the nation in his time in No. 10, he does not plan to visit any of the homes to which migrants would be sent.

“You will know that the Prime Minister’s time is always limited, and in order to have time to do so he would therefore have to leave elements of the program where he works with a unique set of world leaders on quite crucial issues,” he said. spokesman.

“We believe that the best use of his time during this short period he is in Rwanda is to dedicate himself to some of the issues that will be raised at the summit and to work with other world leaders on some of the issues that we have talked about, not least Ukraine and global security. “

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Downing Street said the prime minister would likely discuss the plans with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, but stressed that there were “a number of other issues to discuss”.

The spokesman added: “You would expect the Prime Minister to raise human rights issues, as he has done in the past.

“We want Rwanda to uphold and defend Commonwealth values, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. And we want a fair trial for all detainees and fair and transparent application of the rule of law.”

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Charles will represent the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth at the CHOGM Summit.

He will hold talks with Mr Johnson on Friday, according to Clarence House, the same day the heir to the throne will open the main session for prime ministers and presidents.

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