The United Nations (UN) under-secretary general for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Louise Mushikiwabo, and of Defence, James Kabarebe, as well as the chief of defence staff (CDS), Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.
During the meeting on Monday, the officials discussed the political and security situation in Central African Republic (CAR), in South Sudan and in the region. Lacroix expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the government of Rwanda for its contribution to peacekeeping and commended the excellent performance of the country’s peacekeepers whenever they are deployed.
They also reviewed the progress of the negotiations over the UN request for more Rwandan troops in the CAR mission Minusca. The additional soldiers, expected to deploy by February 2018, will reinforce UN operations and address the recurrent attacks against the population.
Rwanda already maintains troops and other personnel that include a level-two hospital and other UN staff in Minusca. Rwandan troops are specifically charged with providing security for high-ranking government officials, including the President, and securing key state installations.
Minister Mushikiwabo reassured the under-secretary general of Rwanda’s commitment to support peace in Africa and elsewhere in the world.