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Museveni, Kagame in Angola Amid Regional Tensions

Ugandan leader, Yoweri Museveni, has arrived in Luanda, the Capital of Angola, at the invitation of President Joao Lourenco of Angola to attend a one-day Quadripartite Summit.

Other leaders taking part in the meeting include DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

Uganda’s State House said in a statement on Friday that the Summit is expected to “highlight, among others, issues of security situation between the three countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda as well as the Ebola crisis in Eastern Congo.”

According to the World Health Organization report, Ebola in Eastern DRC has to-date claimed over 1,600 people.

Presidency Minister, Esther Mbayo, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Wilson Mbadhi, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Sorowen and Acting Director of Human Resource in the Uganda Prisons Service, David Ahimbisibwe, saw off President Museveni at Entebbe International Airport earlier today.

The three presidents were met at Luanda airport by Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto and by Luanda Governor Luther Rescova Joaquim.

Angolan President João Lourenço and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame and Felix Tshisekedi had already met in Kinshasa on May 31 in a tripartite meeting on regional cooperation, security and the strengthening of the Luanda-Kinshasa axis.

ChimpReports understands the Congolese delegation includes Vital Kamerhe, Chief of Staff of the Head of State, François Beya Kasonga, Special Adviser on Security of Félix Tshisekedi and Justin Inzun Kakiak, head of the National Intelligence Agency.

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Crisis

The meeting in Luanda is expected to address the rising tensions among regional countries to avoid a possible armed conflict.

Rwanda maintains troops and heavy equipment along her border with Uganda.

A recent incursion into Uganda by Rwandan soldiers escalated the already tense situation.

President Kagame has since ruled out the possibility of an all-out war with Uganda, saying it would be very costly for both countries.

President Museveni recently dispatched his Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa to deliver a special message to Kagame.

Burundi remains uncomfortable with Rwanda’s military operations in South Kivu.

Both countries accuse each other of engaging in destabilization activities.

Tshisekedi, who was recently elected president of DRC, needs a lasting solution to armed groups in DRC including Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

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