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US Commends Rwanda on Peacekeeping, Progress

by Dan Ngabonziza
9:34 pm

Chief of Defence Staff Gen.Patrick Nyamvumba meets with Rwandan MINUSCA Peacekeepers (Military and Police) deployed in the Central Africa Republic capital Bangui.

The United States has commended Rwanda’s remarkable progress in increasing the general welfare of Rwandans.

A statement issued by the Department of State to congratulate Rwanda on 56th Independence Day anniversary and signed by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo says:

“The United States greatly appreciates Rwanda’s contributions to international peacekeeping missions, and we commend Rwanda for its remarkable progress in increasing its citizens’ access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.”

Rwanda is one of the largest contributers to peacekeeping missions with over 5000 troops and personel.

On celebrating its independence, Secretary of State Pompeo said that: “On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the people of Rwanda as they celebrate their nation’s independence on July 1 and their Liberation Day on July 4.”

US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo.

“Our two countries have long enjoyed a strong partnership based on a shared commitment to promoting peace and prosperity on the African continent and throughout the world.

“We look forward to deepening our cooperation with Rwanda in the coming years as we continue to work together to expand efforts to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights, increase bilateral trade and investment, and create jobs and learning opportunities for both of our countries,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“On this, the 56th anniversary of Rwanda’s independence, I wish all Rwandans a safe and festive Independence Day,” he added.

On July 1, 1962, Rwandans witnessed the Belgian flag being lowered and the Rwandan flag hoisted – an event that marked an end to Belgian colonial rule. Rwanda has since been a sovereign nation.