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Lt Gen (Rtd) Karl Winfrid Eikenberry (right), the Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan lecturing students at a military college in Musanze, Rwanda
Lt Gen (Rtd) Karl Winfrid Eikenberry (right), the Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan lecturing students at a military college in Musanze, Rwanda

    By: Edison Akugizibwe

  • Feb 4,2015
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Rwanda Defence Minister Gen James Kabarebe has held talks with Ambassador Lt Gen (Rtd) Karl Winfrid Eikenberry, from the United States, at Defence Headquarters, Kimihurura.

The two Generals discussed military cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Rwanda.

“We talked about different aspects of US and Rwanda military cooperation. Specifically, we talked about military education”, Ambassador Gen Karl Winfrid told the media after paying a courtesy call on Hon Minister Gen James Kabarebe this week.

He further noted that he discussed with the Minister of Defence “the ways to institutionalise and legalise our military to military ties”, he said.

He reiterated that deepening educational ties was investing in future relationship between people, faculty to faculty, soldier to soldier.

United States is a major partner with Rwanda in regard to training and supply of military logistics.

The Minister of Defence underlined that the military education was very promising both for Rwanda and the United States.

Ambassador Gen Karl Winfrid spent two days in Musanze lecturing at Rwanda Defence Forces Command and Staff College. On Saturday he participated in community work (Umuganda) in Musanze.

During his stay in Rwanda, the retired General also visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre as well as the Campaign Against Genocide Museum.

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He told the media that Rwanda was an exemplary secure and developing country in Africa and the world.

“What I’ve seen on ground has far exceeded in terms of performance of this country … and come here to find how this country and the people, the military has been able to rise from the ashes, sorry to speak, and see a vibrant society which is coherent, prosperous, and a sense of unity. I look at Rwanda serving as a very great example not only for this region of Africa, but actually globally”, reiterated Gen Eikenberry.

He said the military supported the civilian leadership to realise and achieve their goals by ensuring security.

Major Peter Oyoo (UPDF), one of the Command and Staff College Students that attended Eikenberry’s lecture told the media that it was a great opportunity for Students to have as external lecturer, an experienced General and Diplomat from the US at the RDF Command and Staff College.

“The knowledge, we get here will help us in military leadership in the region”, the package is really quite helpful”, he said before mentioning that “knowledge is wealth”.

Lt Gen Karl Eikenberry, 64, is the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a faculty member of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

He is also an Affiliated Faculty member with the Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, and Researcher with The Europe Center at Stanford University

Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty.

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