KIGALI, 8 February 2021 – Rwanda and the Central African Republic (CAR) have committed to strengthen their cooperation, foreign ministers of the two countries said Monday.

The ministers spoke during a press briefing in Kigali where CAR’s foreign minister, Sylvie Baipo Temon, arrived Sunday on a working visit.

CAR Foreign Minister Sylvie Baipo Temon at Press Briefing, Kigali, 8 Feb 2021 - Photo The New Times

CAR Foreign Minister Sylvie Baipo Temon at Press Briefing, Kigali, 8 Feb 2021 – Photo The New Times

Rwanda’s foreign minister, Vincent Biruta, said Rwanda is committed to continue providing support to CAR whose government faces repeated attacks from armed groups holding control over two-thirds of the territory.

Temon thanked Rwandan soldiers and those from other countries who have helped the government in CAR to repulse attacks from armed groups seeking to seize the capital and topple the government of CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera.

Last December, Rwanda sent a contingent of protection force o CAR, in addition to Rwandan forces deployed under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Rwanda Bolsters Troops in CAR - Photo ZNBC

Rwanda Bolsters Troops in CAR – Photo ZNBC

“The armed groups were threatening to harm our soldiers who perform well to counter those groups that wanted to topple the Central African Republic authority. Therefore, it was necessary that we send more troops to boost their defense,” Biruta said.

Temon said part of her visit is aimed at learning from Rwanda’s experience, including post-Genocide reconciliation and reconstruction.

“We would like to learn from Rwanda’s experience to confront a bitter past. The current results [in Rwanda] are encouraging, and they help to rekindle hope for the reconstruction of [our] country,” Temon said Monday during the press briefing in Kigali.

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