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DRC and Rwanda Defence Ministers evaluated Joint commitee of Experts report

Kinshasa - October 18, 2010

At the invitation of his counterpart the Minister of Defence and ex-Combatants of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hon. Charles MWANDO NSIMBA, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Rwanda, Hon. Gen. James KABAREBE, made a visit to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, from 17-18 October 2010.

After courtesy exchange, the two Ministers held a working session at Grand Hotel of Kinshasa on 17th October 2010 in order to review and evaluate defence and security issues of common interest.

It is worth reminding that this framework of bilateral consultations at the Defence Ministers level was decided by the Presidents of the two countries, their Excellencies Joseph KABILA KABANGE and Paul KAGAME, who are determined to create an environment of peace, security and mutual collaboration between the two countries.

Besides, this meeting of the Defence Ministers follows those that were conducted in Rubavu, Rwanda, on 20 June 2010 and in Goma, DRC on 26 June 2010.

During this meeting, the Defence Ministers adopted the report of the technical committee, and expressed their satisfaction with the achievements in the neutralisation of negative armed groups still operating in the Region.

The Defence Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work together in restoring total peace in the Great Lakes Region and thus, promote conditions for sustainable development for the countries and the people of the region.

In this regard, the Defence Ministers decided that the Defence Chiefs of both countries meet as soon as possible to address existing threats to peace and security of both countries.

The Defence Minister of Republic of Rwanda thanked his counterpart of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the warm and brotherly hospitality offered to him and his delegation during his stay in Kinshasa.

Finally, the two delegations expressed satisfaction for the results of this meeting that was conducted in a friendly, cordial, and sincere atmosphere.

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