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Rwanda Hosts US, East African Military for Peace Keeping Training

by Oswald Niyonzima
3:22 pm

Regional Protection Force soldiers from Rwanda arrive in South Sudan to support UNMISS in protecting civilians Aug 2017. Rwanda, with a high resolve to contribute to peacekeeping will host an international exercise in peacekeeping missions

Rwanda will tomorrow, August 14 host 200 military personnel from several East African countries who will be joined by officers from US army, European Union for a training that intends to reinforcepeacekeeping operations.

The training ‘Peacekeeping training under Shared Accord 2018 (SA2018)’ to take place at Rwanda Military Academy in Bugesera district intends to assess the ability of participants from Africa, United States of America and Europe in conducting peacekeeping operations and reinforcing partnership in trying environments.

Blue Helmet. Rwandan female peacekeepers on a UN mission

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).

Scheduled to take place from August 14th-29th, 2018, the main focus of the training will be a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and a Medical Readiness Exercise (MEDRETE).

 “The exercise seeks to assess abilities of participants in conducting peace keeping operations and to enhance positive bilateral and regional relations in harsh environments with coalition partners,” reads part of a press release from the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).

According to RDF this training is designed to “help participants improve their capability to respond to regional security threats posed by Violent Extremist Organizations and to more effectively counter the associated ideology.”

RDF on a peacekeeping mission

The exercise will include participants 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.

RDF believes it will help them build partnership with U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) and East African Military Forces.

“This exercise will include scenarios related to conducting peacekeeping operations during the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).”