Visiting top leaders of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) yesterday met with Rwanda’s Defence Minister, James Kabarebe and the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Patrick Nyamvumba at RDF Headquarters, Kimihurura.
The visitors include the United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga Anyanga along with Lt Gen Balla Keita, the MINUSCA Force Commander.
Anyanga stated that the aim of their visit was mainly to express gratitude to Rwanda for their contribution to the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) as well as exchange ideas on different aspects regarding the mission.
“This is the first time I am visiting Rwanda alongside the Force Commander ever since Rwanda has been an important part of this mission,” he said in a statement.
“It was proper for us to come and discuss with the Minister and RDF many aspects of our collaboration. First and foremost, it was to express appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for contributing some of the best troops that we have in our mission and to express appreciation for their service which is highly professional in all aspects, that was the reason for our presence here,” he said after the meeting.
According to the Defence and Military Spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango, during the meeting the leaders took the opportunity to discuss the prevailing political and security situation in CAR.
They also reviewed the progress of the ongoing negotiations over UN request to the Government of Rwanda to contribute more troops to MINUSCA.
The Defence Minister and the CDS thanked the MINUSCA Head of mission and his Force Commander for their visit and the good cordial relations between UN, MINUSCA and Rwanda, said Lt Col Munyengango.
During their visit, the SRSG and his delegation will also attend the 45th Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security issues in Central Africa due to open today at Serena Hotel in Kigali.