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GAKO Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Patrick Nyamvumba [left], Chief of Defense Staff of Rwanda Defense Force (RDF), delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of the Shared Accord 2018 military training exercises in Rwanda Military Academy-Gako, southern Rwanda. Military forces from the East African region, the United States and the European Union (EU) have kicked off two-week joint military training exercises in Rwanda. XINHUA PHOTOS - GABRIEL DUSABE

East Africans, United States and the European
Union in joint military training in Rwanda

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Military forces from the East African region, the United States and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday kicked off a two-week joint military training exercise in Rwanda.

The Shared Accord 2018 exercise from Aug. 14 to 29 in Rwanda Military Academy-Gako in southern Rwanda consists of a command post exercise and a medical readiness exercise.

The exercise is reportedly aimed to improve the capability of Eastern African countries to respond to regional security threats.

"The training exercise is very important because it will contribute to the strengthening of participants’ capacities by sharing their knowledge and experience," said Patrick Nyamvumba, Chief of Defence Staff of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), at the launch of the exercise at the academy.

Rwanda remains committed to giving its contribution towards achieving global peace, he said.

The exercise will include scenarios related to conducting peacekeeping operations under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

The military drill will enhance East African troops’ preparedness and readiness to respond to threats in security across the region, said Lapthe Flora, assistant adjutant for strategic initiatives for the U.S. Virginia Army National Guard,

The exercise has attracted military personnel from Botswana, Gabon, Germany, Malawi, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Republic of Congo, Senegal, the United States, Zambia and Rwanda as well as the United Nations (UN) and International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

Shared Accord is a military exercise focusing on Africa’s capability and interoperability in support of peace keeping operations of the UN and the African Union.


Former African leaders urge African countries to
use home-grown solutions to solve challenges

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Former African leaders on Thursday said African leaders and policy makers should strengthen and embrace home-grown solutions to find sustainable solutions for challenges faced by Africa.

"Africa needs to develop home-grown strategies to achieve the sustainable development goals," said former president of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano at the fifth African Leadership Forum that kicked off Thursday in Rwandan capital Kigali.

He emphasized Africans are best placed to deal with African challenges without external influence and they should start now.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, former President of Somalia, also said African leaders and policy makers have to start looking for solutions internally. He urged African countries to have boldness and bravery to customize their systems to suit African culture.

"The problem of Africa cannot be blamed on anyone else except us," said former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. African countries can learn many lessons from one another, especially in terms of getting on the path to sustainable social and economic development, he added.

The two-day meeting also brought together close to 100 participants from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society.

It was conceived of as a space for Africa’s eminent elders to interact with current and future leaders around the strategic challenges facing the continent.



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