President Kenyatta commends Angola’s efforts to mend relations between Rwanda and DRC

On 1 August 2022 at 06:55

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta has commended Angolan President, João Lourenço for his efforts towards the normalization of relations between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He made the appreciation on Saturday 30th July 2022 at State House as he received a special message from the Angolan President.

The message was delivered by President Lourenço’s special envoy, Amb. Téte António who is also the Minister of External Relations of Angola.

Discussions to mend relations between Rwanda and DRC began early last month.

DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting M23 rebel group in its fight with Congolese Army (FARDC) while Rwanda blames the neighbouring country for provocations and collaboration with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

According to Kenya’s Presidency, Kenyatta noted that President Lourenço has displayed exemplary leadership and commitment in his role as a mediator following his appointment by the African Union to mediate talks between DR Congo and Rwanda.

Ambassador António briefed President Kenyatta on the recent mediation talks for DR Congo and Rwanda held under the chairmanship of the Angolan President in Luanda.

The Angolan special envoy pointed out that the two countries had agreed on a proposal for an independent verification team that will ensure both sides adhere to the proposed roadmap for the peaceful resolution of the issues affecting them.

President Kenyatta welcomed the progress, emphasizing the need for DR Congo and Rwanda to remain focused on the dialogue path to resolve their differences.

“This is a positive move. Hopefully, we are heading in the right direction. We need to make sure we are constantly moving together, briefing each other on the steps we are making,” Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta added that the Nairobi process, which he initiated, is now under the East African Community, a step that was taken during the EAC summit held in Arusha, Tanzania recently.

The Head of State thanked the Angolan President for his efforts which have begun to bear fruits after they held talks in Lisbon, Portugal, on the sidelines of the second United Nations Ocean Conference.

“I thank my brother (President Lourenço) for what he has achieved on what we had agreed on in Lisbon. The most important thing is to establish that liaison office which will have representatives from both teams,” Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta received Angola's special envoy, Amb. Téte António on Saturday 30th July 2022.