The three-week long Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise codenamed ‘Shanti Doot-4’ or Ambassadors of Peace that started on 27 February was closed yesterday Monday 12 March 2018, at Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training Centre (BIPSOT).
Rwanda was the only African country among the 24 invited to participate in the exercise that were mainly from Asia, US and UK forces. This exercise was prepared as a joint venture to find responses to the contemporary challenges by enhancing pre-deployment peace support operations training.
In his closing remarks, Professor Dr Gawher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to Hon Prime Minister of Bangladesh said that the exercise enhanced interoperability among different contributing countries, "When you go back home maintain these friendships and contacts to continue sharing experiences and good practices".
Lt Col Theodore Gakuba who led the RDF Contingent told RDF media on arrival at Kigali International Airport today 13 March 2018 that the most important lessons learnt during the exercise were sharing experience with international militaries and harmonisation of Peace Support Operations training. “The Exercise focused on protection of civilians, especially women and children, the UN Code of conduct and Rules of Engagement during the Peace Support Operations”. The Rwandan Contingent Commander further noted that the Exercise Participants practiced peace keeping operations, humanitarian convoy escort, check points, patrols and crowd dispersal.
The Peacekeeping Exercise ‘Shanti- Doot 4’ was organized by the United States Pacific Command in support of Global Peace Support Initiatives and Bangladesh as the host nation.