Rwanda sends troops to Sudan for training exercise

KIGALI – Rwanda has sent at least 95-strong delegation of soldiers, police and civilian to Sudan for a two-week regional Field Training Exercise under East African Standby Force.

According to the New Times, the military exercise codenamed ‘MASHARIKI SALAAM II, will take place in Port Sudan, in the eastern part of the country from November 25 to December 3, 2017.

The Rwandan group led by Brig Gen Vincent Gatama.  “The exercise is a key benchmark to test the regional force’s ability to respond to crises in the region and beyond when tasked or mandated to do so by the African Union,” a statement from EASF said.

According to the East African Standby Force, the training is aimed at training and testing EASF’s ability to plan force generation, deployment, sustainment and recovery of a multinational and multidimensional force.

About 1000 military, police and civilians from the 10 EASF member countries namely Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda will participate in the Exercise.

Since EASF was established in 2004, and it has conducted Filed training exercises, and Command Post Exercises in Kenya, Djibouti, Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia.

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