Kigali, 7 December 2017
The United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA), Mr Parfait Onanga Anyanga along with Lt Gen Balla Keita, the MINUSCA Force Commander (FC) met today with Rwanda Defence Minister, Hon Gen James Kabarebe and the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Patrick Nyamvumba at RDF Headquarters, Kimihurura.
The SRSG(left) shaking hands with Hon Minister of Defence
The SRSG stated that the aim of this visit was mainly to express gratitude to Rwanda for their contribution to the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) and also exchanging 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. He also added that “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 during an interview after the meeting.
MINUSCA Force Commander(left) chatting with the CDS, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba
The Defence and Military Spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango, reiterated that during the meeting the leaders took the opportunity to exchange on the prevailing political and security situation in CAR. The 2 teams also reviewed the progress of the ongoing negotiations over UN request for the Government of Rwanda to contribute more troops to MINUSCA. The Spokesperson said that 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.
The SRSG and his delegation will also attend the 45th Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Issues in Central Africa that starts on 08 December 2017 at Serena Hotel in Kigali.