The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Mini Summit on Central Africa chaired by President João Lourenço was also attended by the President of Congo Brazaville, Sassou Nguesso; CAR President, Faustin-Archange Touadéra and Major General Ibrahim Jaber representing Sudan.
Ahead of the summit, President Kagame held talks with President João Lourenço as Rwanda’s Presidency has revealed via twitter handle.
The first meeting was held in January 2021 where President Kagame was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta.
Rwanda has been a main contributor to United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) since it first deployed in 2014. MINUSCA’s Rwandan contingent is notably in charge of the security of Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera and the presidential palace.
As of December last year, CAR registered 60,000 dispersed civilians fleeing conflicts that have mired the country.
Towards the end of 2020, Rwanda deployed more troops, at the request of the government in Bangui, to help prevent a coalition of rebels from inflaming tensions in the troubled nation.
At the time, Rwanda deployed force protection troops trained to conduct special operations in Bangui, under a bilateral agreement on defence.
These forces were sent under different mandate to reinforce security to ensure smooth elections and protect Rwanda’s forces against any attacks.
Early January this year, the Minister of Defense of the Central African Republic (CAR), Marie-Noëlle Koyara, commended the intervention of Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) special troops who thwarted rebels that intended to destabilize security in the northern part of Bangui capital city. She explained that the act reflects Rwanda’s commitment to secure the country engulfed by armed conflicts.
President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, was re-elected on 27th December 2020 with 53,16 % votes.
ICGLR was established in 1994. Member countries include Angola, Burundi, DRC, Congo, CAR, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Its responsibility is to coordinate, facilitate, monitor and thereby ensure the implementation of the Pact in order to attain peace, security, political stability and development in the Great Lakes Region.
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