The Minister of Defense, James Kabarebe, yesterday met his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mwando Nsimba, in Kinshasa, where they discussed security issues of common interest to both countries.
Kabarebe’s visit follows an invitation to Kinshasa extended by Nsimba.
According to the RDF spokesperson, Jill Rutaremara, the meeting was among other things a follow up on what the two had discussed in a previous, similar meeting held three months ago in Rubavu District.
“During the meeting, the Ministers pledged to share information. They evaluated a report compiled by the Defence/Military Experts’ Committee from both countries regarding security issues so as to make a way forward and come up with recommendations,” Rutaremara disclosed.
He added that the issue of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was discussed; with both ministers acknowledging that the rebel group does not only pose a threat to Rwanda but to Congo as well.
Rutaremara further pointed out that the meeting recommended that the Chiefs of Defense forces from both countries also meet, since both countries are determined to make the Great Lakes a secure and stable region.
“The Ministers also acknowledged the excellent relations that the two countries are currently enjoying, particularly cooperation between the military and defense,” Rutaremara added.
Rwanda’s head of Military Intelligence, Col Dan Munyuza, accompanied Minister Kabarebe to the DRC.
The two ministers met under the directive and vision of the two Heads of state to have a peaceful great lakes region.
The Ministers will continue meeting every three months so as to ensure security and address any security threats that may arise.