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Minister Mushikiwabo attends security meeting in China

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, is leading a Rwandan delegation to Beijing, China, where they are attending a major international security meeting.

Addressing the conference yesterday, Mushikiwabo underscored China’s important role in ensuring peace and security around the world, especially considering its one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The minister said China was a global actor and was expected to continue playing a positive role in promoting international peace and security.

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Rwanda, she said, appreciates China’s non-interference policy in internal affairs of other countries, adding that this position does not contradict the Asian country’s position as a major actor and influencer on the international stage.

Lt Gen Karenzi Karake, the presidential advisor on defence and security, who is part of the delegation to Beijing, also attended a cyber security roundtable, highlighting the impact of cyber threat on national security.

He said this threat emerges from the dependence of a nation’s functioning on the underlying power of technology on all aspects of modern life. Any global security solution that does not contribute to global cyber security, Karenzi said, weakens cyber security chain.

He called for a new approach in international cooperation in cyber security in enabling skills transfer, and ensuring that global norms and best practices are equally practiced and availed globally.

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Karenzi told participants that Rwanda recognised these challenges and, as such, formulated appropriate polices and established relevant institutions, while it is also building capacity to deal with cyber crime.

At the meeting, Mushikiwabo also participated in a health security roundtable during which she underscored the importance of health on security issues around the world.

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