The Heads of State from the four Great Lakes Region countries have scheduled to meet at the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma joined by their Angolan counterpart, Joao Lourenço.
ChimpReports has exclusively learned that Presidents Félix Tshisekedi of DRC, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi and Lourenço have already made all necessary security and diplomatic arrangements to convene at the restive city threatened by many rebel groups.
According to a source, Tshisekedi on Friday this week briefed his ministers on the impending meeting.
“The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi informed members of the Council of Ministers on Friday, September 4 of the holding of a mini-summit to be held in Goma between himself, Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni, Joao Lourenço and Evariste Ndayishimiye respectively Rwanda, Uganda, Angola and Burundi,” said a source.
The meeting is expected to exhaust three agendas in a bid to resolve security, diplomatic and economic impediments affecting the neighboring countries.
“These meetings will be held under three themes, namely: peace and security in the region, diplomatic and political relations between these states, and the revival of economic activities in the current context of the fight against Covid19.”
Tshisekedi has already ordered his key Ministers of Defense, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Trade to put together necessary files to interface with their counterparts from Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
“In addition, the Head of State Félix Tshisekedi instructed the ministers of the interior, foreign affairs, international cooperation, defense and foreign trade to put together the elements to constitute the file on the position of the DRC compared to its neighbors,” the source further noted.
On the diplomatic and economic front, Rwanda has maintained a closed border with Uganda and several people have been shot and others killed trying to cross or operate business.
Kigali also has a diplomatic and security row with Bujumbura.