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The British Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir David Richards says said he is impressed with Malawi Defense Force (MDF)’s performance especially the deployment of soldiers to peace keeping missions.

He was speaking in Lilongwe at a reception organized by the British High Commissioner in honor of his three-day visit to Malawi

He said the UK’s engagement with the MDF is long and solid saying the royal forces have trained many of Malawi’s army officers as well as battalions of peacekeepers deployed to the many trouble spots on the African continent

According to Sir Richards his visit is very significant in as far as investment in the Malawi defense force is concerned. He said he is impressed with the Malawi armed forces’ commitment especially its contribution to continental affairs.

He said Prime Minister David Cameron has respect for all countries that have a bilateral relationship with Britain hence his visit to Malawi.

In his remarks, Army Commander General Henry Odillo described Sir David Richards’ visit as a milestone as it was the first time in Malawi’s history for a British defense chief to visit the southern African country.

He said his visit has brought confidence and hope to his forces as he has seen for himself some of the challenges the Malawi defense force is facing hence UK government would find ways of helping out.

British High Commissioner to Malawi Michel Nevin said Britain’s relationship with Malawi will grow to greater heights in as far as trade and investments between the two countries is concerned; adding, the visit was also aimed at strengthening the relationship between Malawi and the United Kingdom

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