President receives message from DRC’s Joseph Kabila

Saturday 28th July 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from his Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterpart, President Joseph Kabila.

The message was delivered to President Museveni last evening at his country home of Rwakitura in Kiruhuura district, by President Kabila’s special envoy Mr. Alexander Luba Tembo, who is also DRC Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.

During the meeting, President Museveni and his guest discussed a number of issues of mutual interest between the DRC and Uganda and particularly deliberated on the security situation in Eastern DRC, an area that has of recent been characterized by conflict between the DRC M23 and the DRC government forces, leading to an influx of thousands of DRC refugees fleeing Congo into Uganda.

President Museveni, who is the current Chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes’ Region (ICGLR) said that he will convene a summit on Great Lakes Region in Kampala early next month to discuss, among others, the security situation in the Great Lakes Region.

The Great Lakes Region groups together 10 member states that include Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya and Sudan. South Sudan, Africa’s newest country, has also applied to join the regional body. The ICGLR member countries have a combined total population of nearly 280 million.

State Minister for International Affairs, Mr. Okello Oryem, the Chief of the Defence Forces, General Aronda Nyakairima and the DRC Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Charles Okoto, attended the meeting.

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