1200 UN, AU military in Rwanda for joint training

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From 14 to 29 Aug 19, as part of Exercise #SharedAccord19, 1200 military/police personnel and civilians from 26 countries

Gabiro, 14-29 August 2019 –Over 1200 military, police personnel and civilians from 26 countries and international organisations are in Rwanda to join a Field Training Exercise (FTX) on how to command and control a realistic United Nations and African Union Peacekeeping Operation.

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) hosts the two-week Exercise codenamed ‘Shared Accord 19’ in collaboration with global partners including the United States Military, African nations, the European Union and other International Organizations.

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 enhance positive bilateral and regional relationships in austere environments among participating partners.

Launched on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, at RDF Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, the exercise will be conducted along with related Command Post Exercise (CPX) at Rwanda Military Academy-Gako and a Medical Readiness Exercise (MEDREX) at Rwanda Military Hospital in Kanombe.

This is the second time the Shared Accord exercise is conducted in Rwanda. The previous “Shared Accord 18” exercise successfully took place at Rwanda Military Academy- Gako in August last year.

Participating countries in the Shared Accord 19 Exercise include Belgium, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Egypt, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, USA and Zambia.

Rwanda is ranked the sixth major troop and police contributing country in the UN, with over 4,000 troops, 400 police (150 female officers), and 13 military observers serving since 2004.

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