Burkina Faso and Rwanda Strengthen Defense Cooperation

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – In a significant move to bolster defense cooperation, the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Burkina Faso, Brigadier General Célestin Simporé, met with Rwandan army officials in Kigali on Friday. This meeting is part of ongoing efforts to enhance the defense relationship between Burkina Faso and Rwanda.

According to Burkina Information Agency, Brigadier General Simporé and his delegation were received at the Rwandan Armed Forces headquarters. His Rwandan counterpart, Lieutenant General Mubarak Muganga, and the Minister of Defense, Juvenal Marizamunda, led the Rwandan delegation. The meeting focused on discussing ways to strengthen defense cooperation between the two nations.

This initiative comes as Burkina Faso’s Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, who has been in office since September 30, 2022, is reorganizing the army and diversifying partnerships. This strategy aims to combat the terrorism that has plagued Burkina Faso for the past eight years. The collaboration with Rwanda represents a strategic move in this direction, signaling a commitment to regional security and defense cooperation.

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