After the officially opening ceremony of the Extraordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the organisation’s leaders met behind closed doors, with focus on the peace process, stability and security in eastern DRC and Sudan.
The meeting, chaired by the Angolan President João Lourenço, in the country’s capital, gathers Heads of State or their representatives from the 12 member countries.
In addition to Angola, they include Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republics of Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
Also participating in the meeting are Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region and senior officials from different organisations and regional mechanisms.
The President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, is currently the acting leader of the ICGLR.
The two countries, DRC and Sudan, are currently experiencing armed conflicts in their territories, motivated by political differences and which have claimed human victims and created an undisclosed number of refugees to neighbouring countries.
The event takes place under the motto “For a stable Great Lakes region, towards sustainable development”.
Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)