12 March 2013

Angola: South African Head of State Arrives Presidential Palace

Photo: The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa
President Jacob Zuma and President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the DRC

Luanda — The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has already arrived at Luanda's Presidential Palace, to attend a tripartite meeting on Tuesday with his Angolan and DR Congolese counterparts, José Eduardo dos Santos and Joseph Kabila, respectively.

Jacob Zuma and his Angolan colleague reviewed the troops in parade and posed to take an official photo.

In the opening act of the summit, the Angolan statesman shall deliver a welcoming speech to the participating delegations in the meeting and then offer them an official lunch.

President Jacob Zuma, who arrived in Luanda on Monday evening, will leave the country this Tuesday afternoon for South Africa.

A press note from the Civil Office of the President of the Republic states that statesmen are going to discuss the situation in the eastern DRC and concert, with a view to implementing the Framework Agreement for peace, stability and cooperation in that country and region.

The agreement of cooperation for peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region, with the involvement of neighbouring countries, regional and international communities, was signed last February in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The agreement aims to put an end to the recurring cycles of conflict and violence in the DRC motivated by armed groups, which have already claimed thousands of lives and nearly two million people displaced.

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