31 January 2013

Tanzania: Kabila in Dar Over DRC Peace

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila arrived in the country on Wednesday for one-day visit in which he held talks with his host, President Jakaya Kikwete.

President Kikwete is the current Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)'s Troika Organs on Politics, Defence and Security. He has so far played a key role in finding lasting peace in DRC as well as solving political deadlocks in Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

President Kabila and his delegation were treated to a colourful airport welcoming ceremony that featured traditional dances and a brass band that were performed by the JKT Mgulani Group and Mount Usambara.

They left the airport after- wards to the city centre where they were expected to hold closed door meetings. No infor- mation was available on what the two leaders will be discuss- ing. other high-ranking officials that were present at the meeting included the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Davis Mwamunyange, the Dar es Sa- laam Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki and Pres- ident Kikwete's Senior Advisor on Diplomacy, Ambassador liberata Mulamula.

At the just ended meeting of the African Union (AU) summit in ethiopia, a peace agreement to end fighting in Congo that would see more peacekeep- ing forces enter the region was delayed on Monday over what the United Nations chief called "procedural issues."

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