Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) in partnership with the army of United States on Wednesday launched a military training exercise codenamed Shared Accord 19 at the RDF Combat Training Center in Gabiro, eastern Rwanda.

The military exercise, running through Aug.29, comprises of a field training exercise which will be conducted at the combat training centre in Gabiro along with a command post exercise at Rwanda Military Academy-Gako in Bugesera district, Eastern Province and a medical readiness exercise at Rwanda Military Hospital in Kigali’s Kanombe area, said a statement by the Rwandan Ministry of Defence.

It said 1200 military, police personnel and civilians from 26 countries, African Union (AU), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UN will be trained to command and control a realistic multinational UN and AU peacekeeping operation.

Currently, Rwanda is the second biggest troop and police contributing country in support of UN and AU peacekeeping mandates, according to the defence ministry.

Rwanda remains committed to offer its contribution towards achieving global peace and security, RDF Chief of Defence Staff Patrick Nyamvumba said in the statement. Enditem


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