Czech government agrees defence cooperation with Rwanda to provide training and armament 2507141
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|Friday, July 25, 2014 09:46 AM|
|Czech government agrees defence cooperation with Rwanda to provide training and armament.|
The Czech government approved the signing of a defence cooperation agreement with Rwanda, which may open Rwanda's market to Czech armament firms, said the government on its website. The defence agreement also includes cooperation of the training of soldiers and anti-terrorism capabilities, and an exchange of information.
A Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) soldier provides medical support to a teammate simulating an injury during a combat life saver course held March 19-26, 2011 in Gako, Rwanda.
Rwanda proposed to promote cooperation with Czech and to sign an inter-government agreement on defence cooperation at the end of 2013.
The Czech Republic and Rwanda established official contacts in the defence field in 2009. Czech Defence Ministry spokesman Jan Pejsek said that the agreement would replace a 2009 memorandum.
The planned agreement provides for "an exchange of defence information and experience in operations, a strengthening of anti-terrorism capabilities, and cooperation in military training and education, in defence research and development and in acquiring defence materiel and services," said Pejsek.
"The Czech side would benefit mainly in the economic field because the proposed agreement would facilitate its access to Rwanda's defence market which offers, given the fast development of Rwanda and the security situation in the country, new opportunities to the Czech defence industry," he said.