President Paul Kagame said continental and regional integration remains at the forefront of Rwanda’s agenda.
In the State of the Nation address, the Head of State attributed in part Rwanda’s continued progress to its strong collaboration with institutions and partner countries.
“An important factor in Rwanda’s continued progress is our close collaboration with institutions and partner countries,” he said Monday, December 27 in a recorded speech, which was broadcast on Rwanda Television.
Regional and continental integration, he said, remains at the forefront of our agenda.
âWe are strengthening existing bilateral relations with countries in our region and beyond, and exploring new areas of mutually beneficial cooperation. “
Citing the country’s efforts to help meet the security challenges in the Central African Republic and Mozambique, Kagame said Rwanda is able to continue these forms of cooperation as the security and stability of our country is ensured and remains a priority. absolute.
âPart of this is ensuring that anyone who threatens the safety and security of Rwandans is brought to justice and held accountable,â he said.
2021 saw a number of senior militia leaders fighting against Rwanda brought to justice.
For example, the country has experienced trials ranging from that of Paul Rusesabagina, who made the headlines of local and international media, to that of Ignace Nkaka and Jean-Pierre Nsekanabo, two former FDLR officials.
Likewise, in October, the Rwandan National Police (RNP) and the Rwandan Investigation Bureau (RIB) arrested 13 people linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who allegedly planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Kigali.
They are currently on trial for these crimes.
Rwanda’s efforts to address Africa’s security challenges in 2021
In July, at the request of the government of Mozambique, Rwanda deployed a 1,000-person contingent of the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) and the Rwanda National Police (RNP) to Cabo Delgado, a Mozambican province severely affected by the terrorism and insecurity.
Since then, in collaboration with Mozambican forces, the RDF has successfully fought the insurgents, eliminating them from key areas of the province.
Likewise, in August, the RDF deployed an additional infantry battalion of 750 troops to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.
Kagame is also posting an update on the country’s Covid-19 situation as well as its economic outlook.