SUDAN - Senior Sudanese military officials have praised the Rwandan army in Sudan for being a good professional force.
The revelation was made to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen James Kabarebe, who is currently on an official visit to Sudan.
According to RDF spokesperson, Maj. Jill Rutaremara, Kabarebe was yesterday received by top Sudanese military brass, including the Chief of the Joint Staff (CJS) of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), 1st Lt. Gen. Muhamed Abdulkader Nasserdin, at the SAF Headquarters in Khartoum
Kabarebe also met the Sudanese Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein.
“The Sudanese CJS and Minister of Defence thanked the Rwandan Government for their contribution in achieving peace in Sudan. They praised the RDF and described it as a well trained, well led, disciplined and professional force,” said Rutaremara.
Maj. Rutaremara also told The New Times that while at the SAF Headquarters in Khartoum, Kabarebe was given a general presentation on the Sudanese army.
“The discussions between the CDS and the two leaders were centred on enhancing and formalizing bilateral military cooperation between the two armies.”
Gen. Kabarebe was yesterday expected to visit various SAF military facilities after which he was scheduled to travel to the UNAMID Headquarters in El - Fasher, in Darfur, Tuesday morning.
UNAMID is currently led by Rwanda’s Lt Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.He is accompanied by top RDF officers who include Brig Gen Jean Bosco Kazura (J3), Brig. Gen. Jacques Musemakweli (J2) and Lt. Col. Peter Kalimba, the head of peace support operations.
The RDF delegation is in Sudan on an official visit at the invitation of the Sudanese Chief of Joint Staff.
Rwanda has deployed 3,200 troops in Darfur and 254 others in Khartoum as well as over 70 staff officers and Military Observers (Milobs) serving under UNAMID and UNMIS.