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Senegal’s Armed Forces Chief Visits Rwanda, Pledges Enhanced Security Cooperation

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  • Cissé paid tribute to the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi at the Kigali Genocide Memorial and visited the Campaign Against Genocide Museum in Kimihurura, Kigali.
  • Mbaye Cissé, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Senegal, and his delegation, visited the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Headquarters on May 6, expressing a commitment to bolster security cooperation between their respective armies.

Gen. Mbaye Cissé, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Senegal, and his delegation, visited the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Headquarters on May 6, expressing a commitment to bolster security cooperation between their respective armies.

Welcomed by Gen. Mubarakh Muganga, Chief of Defence Staff of the RDF, the visit also included a courtesy call to Rwanda’s Minister of Defence, Juvenal Marizamunda. During the visit, Gen. Cissé received a comprehensive briefing on RDF’s ongoing transformation efforts and the prevailing regional security landscape.

In remarks to the media afterward, Gen. Cissé emphasized the historical bonds between Rwanda and Senegal, forged through years of collaboration between their armed forces. He highlighted Senegal’s experience in peacekeeping missions, notably its role in stemming violence during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Looking forward, Gen. Cissé outlined plans for future collaboration, with a particular focus on training in peace support operations. He expressed a broader ambition to formalize protocols of understanding and collaboration across various domains, aiming to finalize these arrangements soon.

Before their official engagements, Gen. Cissé paid tribute to the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi at the Kigali Genocide Memorial and visited the Campaign Against Genocide Museum in Kimihurura, Kigali.

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This visit follows Senegal’s recent commemoration of Capt. Mbaye Diagne, a heroic peacekeeper who sacrificed his life during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Senegal’s former President, Macky Sall, inaugurated a memorial statue in Dakar in honor of Capt. Diagne’s courageous actions, recognized internationally for his efforts to save lives during the atrocities.

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