Congo - Kinshasa
Defense: Resumption of military cooperation between the U.S. and the DRC
Military cooperation between the United States of America and the Democratic Republic of Congo has been broken for several decades and has just been re-established.
The DRC, represented by Defense Minister Ngoy Mukena accompanied by the Chief of General Staff of the FARDC General Mbala Musiense and the United States, through its ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer signed on Wednesday at the Palais de la Nation the memorandum of understanding on military cooperation.
This protocol, signed in the presence of the Chief of Staff and the Head of State, Kolongele Eberande and several civil and military authorities, is the manifestation of the privileged strategic partnership between the DRC and the USA.
It is also the recognition of the efforts undertaken by the Head of State Félix-Antoine TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO since his accession to the supreme magistracy.
The closure of places of illegal detention, the humanization of the security services, the fight against corruption and the establishment of a true rule of law decided by Félix-Antoine TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO are among the reasons that justify the American decision.
The commitment of the President of the Republic to fight international terrorism in the eastern provinces of the DRC as well as the firmness and lack of cooperation with negative forces also motivated the American decision. The creation of the agency to fight against black trafficking also played a major role.
With this formal resumption, the FARDC will be able to benefit from the multifaceted support of the world's largest military power.
The signature of the military cooperation protocol, the first part of the privileged US-DRC partnership, is also the main outcome of the first state visit of Head of State Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo to Washington in 2019.
After the State Department, President Felix-Antoine TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO was received at the Pentagon.
US-DRC military cooperation was interrupted in 1990 after the "Lititi Mboka" operations. Despite a timid resumption, the DRC has been presented during the last decade as a bad example in the violation of human rights, human trafficking, lack of democracy, abuses and other cruelties. Thanks to the actions and vision of the Head of State Félix-Antoine TSHISEKEDI, the DRC is being relaunched on the path to regain its dignity and inspire respect.
Former military cooperation revitalized between the two states
A stealthy and sober ceremony. Thus could be described the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding reached this Wednesday, October 28, at the Palais de la Nation, between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States of America represented respectively by the Congolese Minister of Defense, Aimé Ngoy Mukena, and by the U.S. Ambassador to the DRC, Mike Hammer.
It was in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Interior, Gilbert Kankonde, personal representative of the Head of State at this ceremony as well as the Director of Cabinet a.i. of the Head of State, Professor Eberande Kolongele.
The objective of the said Memorandum of Understanding, according to the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Interior, is to revitalize the military cooperation, long at half-mast, between the two countries.
The document crystallizes around four strategic axes, among which is training in the field of military engineering, which, according to the VPP from the interior, "constitutes the backbone of the army, whether in the construction or erection of bridges and other buildings.
The Protocol also takes into account logistics, the training of civilian personnel working within the army, but also access to the English language to ensure the facilitation of exchanges during the training of Congolese officers in the United States of America.
For his part, the U.S. Ambassador to the DRC, Mr. Mike Hammer, reiterated his country's support for the President of the Republic in promoting peace and prosperity through a privileged military partnership.
In synergy with the Minister of Defense, he said, the request had been made to the United States to support the FARDC in their efforts to combat the armed groups that terrorize the civilian population in the east of the country and to provide social assistance to Congolese soldiers engaged in the front line and their families.
"By signing this protocol, the United States responds to the will of President Tshisekedi and Minister of National Defense Mukena to meet the requirements of a modern army and help the FARDC to become more professional and improve the quality of life of their soldiers," said the U.S. diplomat.
He added that this partnership demonstrates his country's willingness to stand with the DRC to advance the cause of peace.