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JUBA – South Sudan government has said that a force is ready to be send to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of a special force being dispatched by East African Community (EAC) to help with peace-keeping mission, according to information minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth.

East African leaders agreed – following a meeting in Nairobi in June – to deploy a Kenya-led regional security force to stop the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Weeks of fighting between DRC troops and rebels had raised tensions between the DRC and Rwanda, with Congo accusing its neighbor of supporting the rebels, something Rwanda denies.

Speaking to reporters following a weekly cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday, Makuei said defense minister Angelina Teny presented a report requesting funds for the 750-strong-men force which he said was undergoing training.

“The cabinet listened to a report from the minister of defense Her Excellency Angelina Teny and hers was a request for an approval of funds for the special force, of course you know very well the last East African Community conference it was decided that members of the of East African Community should deploy forces in [the Democratic Republic of] Congo,” Makuei said.

“We were given a battalion and our battalion is 750. This 750 is now undergoing a training and so she presented a budget to the cabinet for approval and this budget of course is not included in our ordinary budget so it should be a special fund for this project because this is an East African Community resolution and there is no way we can avoid taking part in it because we have been given a battalion to cover our borders,” he added.

The senior government official further said the cabinet approved more than $6.8 million for the force and directed the finance minister to pay immediately.

“The amount which she requested is 6,689,500 US dollars. This amount will cover this purpose so that they can perform their functions and duties along the border accordingly,” he said.

“This amount was approved was directed to pay this accordingly because this is urgent and it is important,” he stressed. - Sudans Post

 

Manama, Aug. 24 (BNA): Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, Albert Shingiro, paid a visit today to the Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MBBA), as part of his visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 

Upon his arrival, he was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Consular and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Ali Bahzad, and a number of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

During the visit, Foreign Minister Shingiro was informed about MBMA, its departments and its training programmes. He was also briefed on all its efforts and activities. - Bahrain News Agency

 

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Manama, Aug. 21 (BNA): Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi,  Albert Shingiro.
 
The minister lauded friendly relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of Burundi, affirming the kingdom’s keenness to further develop bilateral cooperation in all fields in the interest of both countries and citizens.
 
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Burundi highlighted joint cooperation between the two sides, wishing the Kingdom of Bahrain continued progress and prosperity.
 
The ministers discussed enhancing joint cooperation in the political, economic and commercial fields. They also reviewed joint coordination at international forums.
 
The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on political consultations between the two countries to further strengthen cooperation at the political and diplomatic levels. - Bahrain News Agency
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