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British Defence Minister visits Rwanda to boost defence cooperation

Kigali, 7 April 2018-

The Minister of Defence, Hon General James Kabarebe has received today the British Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Rt Hon Mark Lancaster to deepen defence cooperation of the two countries.

“I am delighted to be back here in Rwanda, this is my third time to visit Rwanda, the United Kingdom and Rwanda had grown long standing relationship and I am here as British defence minister really looking for how we can work together with Rwanda particular in areas of peacekeeping and training and it has been a very successful meeting,” Hon Mark Lancaster told this reporter shortly after the meeting held in Kigali.

The British defence Minister promised a continued partnership in training and peacekeeping.

“Our major focus was to see really how we can continue work together in training, how the British Army can continue to support the RDF in various training organisations also how we can work together when it comes to peacekeeping of the UN… for example we have Engineer Regiment in South Sudan and you have infantry battalions, we looked the lessons learnt from each other”, he concluded before heading to Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay respect to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The bilateral defence cooperation meeting was also  attended by HE Joanne Lomas the new High Commissioner to Rwanda and Non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi, Rwanda Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, the Dircetor General of Policy and Strategy, Maj Gen Ferdinand Safari, the RDF Chief of operations and training, Brig Gen Chris Murari, Brigadier David Eastman MBE (Head of International Policy and Plans), Col Alasdair (Military Assistant), Lt Col Mathew Edwards (UK Defence Advisor to Rwanda).