CAR eyes Rwanda’s support to build professional army

On 6 August 2021 at 08:00

The President of Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin-Archange Touadéra who is in Rwanda for a four-day state visit, has today morning held talks with the leadership of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) at its headquarters in Kimihurura.

He was received by the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Albert Murasira and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jean Bosco Kazura.

Discussions were also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta among other senior RDF officers.

Touadéra and RDF leaders and discussed how to strengthen the existing relationship between the CAR and RDF militaries.

Minister Murasira has told the media that Touadéra voiced appreciation for the contribution of Rwandan soldiers to restore peace in his country.

“He has hailed the discipline of our soldiers deployed to UN peacekeeping mission in CAR as well as forces sent to the country under bilateral agreements,” he said.

As incorporated in agreements signed on Thursday, Maj Gen Murasira said, Rwanda is set to help CAR to build professional military.

“We also discussed how RDF can be part of the journey to restructure and professionalize the CAR Armed Forces. The process has already started with a bilateral defence agreement already signed and we are together looking at how we can help in this process,” he revealed.

Touadéra arrived in Rwanda on Thursday for a four-day state visit.

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport; he was welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta.

He was also received by Kagame at Urugwiro Village where both heads of state held closed-door meeting and later witnessed the signing of four bilateral agreements before addressing members of the press.

These agreements were signed in the areas of mining, transport development, security and economic development.

As they delivered remarks, both heads of state recommitted to further strengthen bilateral ties for mutual interests.

Rwanda and CAR have been for long enjoying cordial relations whereby Rwanda is helping the country engulfed by wars to restore peace.

Rwandan troops have been deployed to CAR peacekeeping mission since 2014.

On 20th December 2020, Rwanda deployed more special forces to CAR under existing bilateral cooperation signed in 2019.

Ahead of Touadéra’s visit, Rwanda started the deployment of an additional Infantry Battalion of 750 military personnel on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

CAR President and accompanying delegation in a group photo with Rwandan officials and senior RDF officers.
Discussions took place at RDF headquarters.