“I’m delighted that Prince Charles and everybody are here today to see a country that has undergone a complete transformation, or a very substantial transformation,” he said.
“People need to keep an open mind about the policy, the critics need to keep an open mind, a lot of people can see its obvious merits.
“And if I’m seeing the prince tomorrow of course I’m going to make that point,” he said on Thursday.
On Friday, after the meeting, Johnson told Reuters he would not disclose any conversation he had with heir-to-the-throne.
“But what I will say is as people come to Rwanda like you have today there are a lot of prejudices about Rwanda [that] need to be blown away,” he said.
Charles was reported to have called the UK’s plan to copy Australia’s offshore solution for asylum seekers who arrive by boat “appalling”.
Clarence House has not denied the report. The monarch is expected to be politically neutral.
Back in London, Johnson’s Conservative Party lost two parliamentary seats on Friday, prompting the resignation of the party’s chairman and renewing doubts about the future of Britain’s embattled leader, Reuters reported. The losses suggest the electoral coalition Johnson brought together at the 2019 national election may be fracturing. He has already survived a vote of no-confidence by Conservative MPs this month.
Charles and Johnson met for a “cup of tea” on Friday morning in Kigali.
Both Charles and Johnson have met Kagame in the Rwandan capital. Johnson praised Kagame’s “moral stance” on Ukraine, according to a spokesman.
In a speech at an anti-violence event, Charles’ wife…