US Ambassador commends Rwanda peace efforts
United States Ambassador to Rwanda, Donald W. Koran has called the cooperation between the United States and Rwanda the latest example of one of the strongest peacekeeping relationships in Africa.
Ambassador Koran said that the United States government is pleased to work with Rwanda on our shared goal of making sure the people of the Central African Republic have a chance to live safe, secure and productive lives.
“The security partnership between our two countries benefits more than Rwandans and Americans. It benefits other countries in the region and the world over. Of that, we are proud.” ” Koran said.
On January 16, 2014, Rwanda officially deployed the first batch of the 850 The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) peacekeepers that will be part of the International Support Mission in Central Africa Republic (MISCA) and will work with other contingents on the ground under the command of Lt Col Jean Paul Karangwa.
The US government is working with the Rwandan government to ensure that the troops are airlifted to Central Africa Republic. During the 20 days exercise, the US Government will involve Air force planes to make at least 38 airlifts for the 850 Rwandan contingents that will serve to restore peace in CAR.
General Patrick Nyamvumba, RDF Chief of Defence Staff, also said that existing cooperation between Rwanda and the US Government in Peacekeeping Operations is a cornerstone for concerted efforts to ensure that peace and security is restored in the region and beyond.
Rwanda currently maintains more than 4,000 peacekeepers in various missions and is presently ranked the 6th biggest troop contributor in peacekeeping operations in the world.
While MISCA is a new mission, the RDF continues to participate in other missions under African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).