Rwandan and British armies step up cooperation

17th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's top military officer, chief of the defence staff General David Richards, has ended a two-day visit to Rwanda, concerned with increased military cooperation, officials said Thursday.

"The aim of the visit was to greater strengthen and broaden the strong military cooperation between the two armies... He promised to take cooperation to the highest level," said a statement from Rwanda's defence ministry.

During his visit, which ended Wednesday, Richards had meetings with the president of the small central African country, Paul Kagame, Defence Minister James Kabarebe and military chief of staff General Charles Kayonga.

The head of the British armed forces "praised the role of the FRD (Rwandan Defence Forces) in maintaining security in Rwanda, as well as at the regional and international level," the statement said.

"In particular, he congratulated the FRD for their part in peacekeeping operations and stressed the importance that the United Kingdom places on regional security," the communique added.

Rwandan officers of various ranks are studying in Britain's prestigious military academies.

© 2011 AFP

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