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Rwanda to host Exercise Shared Accord 2018

Kigali, 12 August 2018

The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), the United States Military, European Union and East African nations with other International Organizations, will conduct a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and a Medical Readiness Exercise (MEDRETE) Shared Accord 2018 (SA18) from 14 – 29 August 2018 in Rwanda Military Academy - Gako.

Shared Accord is a military exercise focusing on African partner capability and interoperability in support of a United Nations/African Union Peace Keeping Operations (PKO). The exercise seeks to assess abilities of participants in conducting PKO and to enhance positive bilateral and regional relationships in austere environments with coalition partners.

The training exercise helps build partnership with U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) and East African Military Forces and is designed to help participants improve their capability to respond to regional security threats posed by Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs), and to more effectively counter the associated ideology. This exercise will include scenarios related to conducting peacekeeping operations during the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

SA18 will involve participants of Government personnel from Botswana, Gabon, Germany, Malawi, Morocco, Netherlands, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, United States and Zambia as well as the international organizations; the United Nations (UN) and International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

The opening ceremony will take place on August 14, 2018 at the Rwanda Military Academy – Gako and members of the media are invited to attend.