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Minister Mushikiwabo attends the Munich Security Core Group Meeting in Beijing


Beijing, 02 November 2016 - For the second time, the Munich Security Core (MSC) Core Group Meeting took place in Beijing, China. Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, was among the participants and speakers at this MSC held in Beijing on 02 and 03 November, 2016.

Topics of the Core Group Meeting, which was co-organized by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPFIA), include regional security in the South Pacific, China's role in the global security order, and the geopolitical implications of the "New Silk Road".

Addressing the session on China as a global security actor, Minister Mushikiwabo emphasized that China’s contribution to ensuring peace and security around the world is vital. She said: ‘’China's contribution to Peacekeeping is a very positive thing. Involvement in peacekeeping is becoming absolutely critical.’

Minister Mushikiwabo added that in terms of managing conflicts, preventing them would be the best solution. "Preventive diplomacy and actions in terms of security demand that China plays a much bigger role. It would allow us not only to manage conflicts, but to prevent them’’, said Minister Mushikiwabo.

Minister Mushikiwabo was also invited by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of Munich Security Conference, to speak at the MSC Roundtable on Health Security.

About the MSC Core Group Meetings

Besides its annual flagship conference in Munich, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Foundation regularly organizes high-profile events around the world. In order to cover region-specific topics, the MSC links up with national governments and prominent local partners to host so-called Core Group Meetings in capitals around the world.

Limited to an exclusive group of no more than 60 participants, the MSC Core Group Meeting provides an intensive setting for senior decision-makers from around the globe - including heads of governments and international organizations, ministers, leading parliamentarians, heads of NGOs and journalists as well as FTSE-100 and DAX CEOs - to discuss regional security issues and foster personal relationships.

Meetings have already taken place in Washington, D.C. (twice), Moscow, Beijing, Doha, New Delhi, Vienna, Tehran and Addis Ababa. The next envisaged Core Group Meetings will be held in Beijing in November 2016, and in Washington, D.C. in 2017.

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