Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) Chief of Defence Staff Gen Patrick Nyamvumba on Tuesday held talks with Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin Archange Touadéra.
Gen Nyamvumba also concluded an official two-day visit in CAR with High Level meetings.
The Rwandan army chief also met with CAR Minister of Defence Marie Noelle Koyara and Chief of Defence Staff FACA, Brig Gen Ludovic Ngaifei.
Gen Nyamvumba and his delegation arrived in Central Africa Republic on May 6 as part of a two day visit to RDF troops under United Nations in Bangui, according to RDF statement.
Rwanda has 1,418 peacekeepers serving under UN mission in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
On his arrival, Nyamvumba met with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga in the Central African Republic.
Onanga-Anyanga “expressed gratitude to the Government of Rwanda and the continued commitment of Rwandan Contingents towards helping CAR restore peace and order through MINUSCA. He appreciated the recent reinforcement of MINUSCA by a Rwandan Intantry Battle Group.”
“We are committed to restore peace and security in CAR and in that regard, we have just arrived with the Infantry Battle Group to reinforce MINUSCA’s capability”, General Nyamvumba told MINUSCA officials.
On the same day, Gen Nyamvumba visited Rwandan Peacekeepers under MINUSCA and the Rwanda Level 2 Hospital medical contingent and MINUSCA Officials in Bangui, while on May 7th, he visited RDF peacekeepers under Minusca in Bria.
In Bria, there is also a Rwandan Military Level 2 hospital, a well-equipped and staffed medical facility that provides general surgery, internal medicine, anesthesia and radiology – to all MINUSCA personnel and locals in the Eastern Sector of the CAR.
Meanwhile, his visit coincided with Rwanda’s deployment of a New Mechanised Infantry Battle Group to CAR under MINUSCA on May 6th.
This 540-strong mechanised infantry Battle Group that deploys on UN request is the third RDF unit to be deployed in support of MINUSCA after an Infantry Battalion and a Military Level 2 Hospital with a current total RDF deployment of 1,418 military personnel in CAR.