During the meeting, the officalss exchanged ideas on the prevailing political and security situation in Central African Republic, in South Sudan and in the region.
Lacroix expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for its contribution to peacekeeping and commended the excellent performance of the Rwandan peacekeepers troops whenever they are on UN missions.
The discussions also reviewed the progress of the ongoing negotiations over UN request for the Government of Rwanda to contribute more troops to MINUSCA. The additional force which is expected to be deployed to the Central African Republic by February 2018 will reinforce UN operations and address recurrent attacks against the population.
Rwanda currently maintains troops and other personnel that include a Level-Two hospital and other UN staff in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Rwandan troops are specifically charged with providing security for high-ranking government officials, including the President and securing key state institutions.
Mushikiwabo thanked Lacroix for the visit and reassured him of Rwanda’s commitment to support peace in Africa and elsewhere in the world.
Mr. Lacroix took up the post of UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations on April 1st this year, replacing Hervé Ladsous.