Kigali set to postpone Benin deployment
Despite being at an advanced stage, the plan to dispatch a Rwandan army contingent to Benin has been on standby since late last year, though a deployment has not been ruled out in the medium term.
The head of French military intelligence, Jacques Langlade de Montgros, is due in Kigali in the near future to further promote intelligence cooperation between the two countries. Underway since 2021, this rapprochement has encountered a certain degree of resistance on the French side.
Bertin Bada, President Patrice Talon's chief of military staff, met senior colleagues of French army chief General Thierry Burkhard in Paris in mid-September. Talks are in progress on military equipment purchases and a plan to set up a Beninese government arms procurement service.
By participating in Mozambican operations, the Rwandan army, already busy in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, has become one of Kigali's key exports. President Paul Kagame relies on a structure geared to external operations, and on allies beyond Africa.