Sierra Leone’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Major General Rtd. David Taluva has hosted some Rwandan experts to Discuss Bilateral Cooperations between both countries.

The Minister recognized the bilateral initiative, and expressed gratitude with the news, noting that they have been seeking collaboration from the Republic of Rwanda on capacity building especially for the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and the Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS).

Jean Bapbisti Kamali, Head of Department of Peace support Operations, Rwanda Defence Force who also doubles as the Team lead submitted that, the composition of the Team’s visit was on the request of the President. He also stated that the purpose of their visit was to assess possible areas of incorporating developmental strides and deepen bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Rwanda, on strengthening the internal security of the two Countries. This he said, will serve as a significant milestone in consolidating the security partnership and cooperation between the two nations.

He mentioned that the bilateral discussions also aimed to develop new approaches that will go beyond traditional methods, and to explore synergies between Sierra Leone and Rwanda security sectors in the near future. They further reaffirmed their commitments towards capacity building training for the internal security of Sierra Leone.

Minister Taluva acknowledged the extensive effort involved in driving this valuable cooperative initiative, citing the long process leading up to further tightening the partnership and cooperation between the two Countries.

He highlighted the numerous challenges the Sierra Leone security sector is faced with, and underscored the importance of capacity building training and support of logistics and equipment to key Agencies under his Ministry’s purview, like the Sierra Leone Police, the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the National Civil Registration Authority and the National Fireforce among others, to enable them to promptly respond to security related issues.

He furthered that, they are anticipating that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in due course would signifies a renewed commitments that underscores the indispensable role of the Rwanda Government’s in addressing complex security challenges.

Minister Taluva highlighted their Government’s goal to ensuring the safety and security of Sierra Leone and its Citizens, in the area of security threats, ranging from counterterrorism, transnational organized crimes, human trafficking, counter insurgencies, cyber security operations among others, emphasizing the need for international capacity building training for the security sector.