For almost three weeks, the Rwanda Defence Force will engage in a series of joint exercises with militaries from the United States, Europe and East African region.
According to the Defence Ministry website, the joint exercises commence on Tuesday and will conclude on August 29th.
“(RDF), the United States Military, European Union and East African nations with other International Organizations, will conduct a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and a Medical Readiness Exercise (MEDRETE) Shared Accord 2018 (SA18) from 14 – 29 August 2018 in Rwanda Military Academy – Gako.”
According to the Defence ministry statement, this Shared Accord is a military exercise focusing on African partner capability and interoperability in support of a United Nations/African Union Peace Keeping Operations (PKO).
The exercise seeks to assess abilities of participants in conducting PKO and to enhance positive bilateral and regional relationships in austere environments with coalition partners.
The training exercise helps build partnership with U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) and East African Military Forces and is designed to help participants improve their capability to respond to regional security threats posed by Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs), and to more effectively counter the associated ideology.
The training will include scenarios related to conducting peacekeeping operations during the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Shared Accord 2018 (SA18) will involve participants of Government personnel from Botswana, Gabon, Germany, Malawi, Morocco, Netherlands, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, United States and Zambia as well as the international organizations; the United Nations (UN) and International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).