11 May 2014

Central Africa: Angolan and Tanzanian Presidents Discuss Situation in Great Lakes Region

Luanda — The Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, held on Saturday in Luanda a private meeting with his Tanzanian counterpart, Jakaya Kikwete, with whom he discussed the bilateral cooperation and the situation of the Great Lakes Region.

In this African region, some conflicts remain in the eastern DR Congo, Central African Republic (CAR) and between Sudan and South Sudan, and President José Eduardo dos Santos has been looking for solutions for these conflicts.

The Angolan statesman took over since January this year, for a two-year term, the presidency of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), in replacement of Uganda, which chaired the organization since 2011.

The ICGLR was set up against the back drop of the war in DR-Congo (2002-2006), with the assistance of the African Union, UN and bilateral donors. Its aim is to implement the Pact on Security, Stability and Development (PACT), signed in December 2006 by eleven heads of states from Angola, Burundi, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

The Tanzanian President is in Luanda since Saturday and will return to his country this Sunday.

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