The meeting which was formerly convened by the DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi was initially planned to be held in the border town of Goma and attended physically by Heads of State of the five countries; however, a decision was reached to hold the meeting virtually in light of the Covid-19 pandemic which has, among other things, seen land borders across the region closed.
A message issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DRC, Marie Tumba Nzeza on Thursday, September 17, 2020, said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DRC would like to thank the fraternal countries of Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Angola for their cooperation in conducting the study at the scheduled meeting, which resulted in the above conclusion.”
The date of the virtual meeting is yet to be set. The key issues of common interest include regional stability, security and countering terrorism.
Angola and DR Congo are also involved as mediators in restoring warm ties between Rwanda and Uganda through the Ad Hoc Commission on the Implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Luanda in 2019.