DRC envoy visits Rwanda ahead of Tshisekedi visit

0 14-03-2019 - saa 08:30, Alcade Ndemeye

President Paul Kagame has received the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) president’s chief of staff Vital Kamerhe ahead of the visit of his counterpart Felix Tshisekedi.

During the visit on Tuesday, Kagame hosted Kamerhe in Gabiro Combat Training Center located in Gatsibo district, Eastern Province and held talks that revolved around strengthening bilateral ties.

They also discussed on the visits of both heads of states a result to be rooted on good relations.

Speaking to IGIHE, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Richard Sezibera unveiled that the visit of president Tsisekedi in Kigali is expected in the near future.

“Kamerhe came to Rwanda and held talks with a focus on paving the way to maintain good bilateral relations between Rwanda and DRC. Heads of states visits will be possible during that process of promoting and sustaining ties,” he said.

“President Tshisekedi will also visit Rwanda and will be decently welcomed. The visit is scheduled soon possibly during the period of CEO Summit to take place this month,” he added.

The summit known as The Africa CEO Forum is a world-leading, high-level international meeting of African CEOs and will be held in Kigali between March 25th – 26th, 2019.
It is the 7th of its kind and will bring together 1,500 participants (CEOs, heads of governments and potential investors) from more than 70 countries to discuss regional integration including the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
It will be held under the theme : " Open Africa : From Continental Treaties To Business Realities".

DRC presidency also reacted via twitter account that Vital Kamerhe was in Kigali on Tuesday to transmit a message from the president to his Rwandan counterpart. The statement to Paul Kagame highlighted the commitment to cooperate in stabilizing the volatile Eastern DRC region.

President Kagame previously held talks with Félix Tshisekedi in February 2019 revolving around bilateral ties as they met in Ethiopia on the second day of the 32 General Assembly of the African Union (AU).

Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi, 55, was confirmed DRC president on 20th January 2019 by the Constitutional Court following elections held on 30th December 2018 rejecting the claim of Martin Fayulu who had contested elections outcomes.

Expectations are high from president Tshisekedi who was elected 20 years after DRC forests became home to rebel groups intending to destabilize Rwanda’s security.

Towards the end of January 2019, Rwanda’s prosecution issued new arrest warrants for Kayumba Nyamwasa and others behind P5 and RNC rebel groups organizing their activities in DRC forests to threaten Rwanda’s security.

DRC forests are also home to FDLR rebels whose majority was involved in the 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi.


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