Rwanda gets US boost on peacekeeping missions
The United States has said that it will partner with several African nations including Rwanda, to build capacity of African forces to rapidly deploy peacekeepers as well as strengthen security institutions.
US President Barak Obama announced a new initiative, in the next three to five years, during the closure of the US Africa Summit.
The US-Africa Summit attracted several head of states, leaders and businessmen and women.
During the summit participants hold interactive discussions on the future investment, peace, governance and security on the continent.
President Kagame described this initiative as an additional means to ensure Africans remain at the forefront of solving their own challenges: “We are a country shaped and informed by our own history, where peace and security was lacking and resulted in what happened 20 years ago, Kagame said;
This is about enabling African to stand on its own feet and deal with issue of development and growth. We are very happy to work with our colleagues across the continent and deal with different challenges including trying to keep and maintain peace in our continent.”
Last year, Kagame was non-committal at a local press conference on whether Rwanda was to increase peacekeeping forces in other countries across the continent, after the Rwandan forces getting acclaimed for doing a good job.
Kagame said that Rwanda would intervene in any peace efforts but he cited reasons of capacity and financing as major impediments.
United States Ambassador to Rwanda, Donald W. Koran earlier this year said that the cooperation between the United States and Rwanda is just 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 a 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 is part of the International Support Mission in Central Africa Republic (MISCA).
Rwanda currently maintains more than 4,000 peacekeepers in various missions across the world and the country is presently ranked the 6th biggest troop contributor in peacekeeping operations.