KIGALI - Belgian Chief of Defence General August van Daele is in Rwanda for a week-long visit as part of strengthening military cooperation between the two countries. He arrived in the country on Wednesday. He is companied by three high-ranking officers. Yesterday, the visiting Belgian top officer met with Chief of General Staff, James Kabarebe, before paying courtesy call on Defence Minister, General Marcel Gatsinzi and Prime Minister, Bernard Makuza in Kimihurura.
Sources said General Daele is today expected to pay a courtesy call on President Paul Kagame.
He is also due to visit Genocide memorial sites of Gisozi, Camp Kigali and Murambi.
The Belgian delegation will tomorrow travel to Musanze District in the Northern Province where they will visit gorillas in the Virunga National Park, after which they will proceed to Rubavu District in the Western Province.
Belgium, a former Rwandan colonial master, lost ten soldiers during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.
A memorial site for the blue berets was later installed at Camp Kigali, a former military camp, near Kigali City Centre. The Belgian delegation is set to leave on Monday.