AU Chairman Commends Peace Efforts By East African Leaders In DR Congo

The AU chief made the commendation in reference to a meeting by the East African leaders held towards regional peace, particularly the elimination of rebel groups.

The President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Fakhi Mahamat, has commended the decision of the second conclave of heads of state of the East African Community to send troops to restore peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The AU President’s message was in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 26.

“The President congratulates President Uhuru Kenyatta and the leaders of East Africa for their common efforts with a view to finding a lasting solution to the situation in the eastern DR Congo and in the Great Lakes Region as a whole,” the document read.

Presidents of Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and the DR Congo took the decision in Nairobi, Kenya on April 21, 2022 during a meeting presided over by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The AU President also saluted the holding of the 1,078th meeting of the African Union Security Council on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 on the results of the 10th summit on the Regional Control Mechanisms held in Feb. 2022 in Kinshasa.

He reaffirmed the African Union’s engagement to continue with the Peace Accord, which is the main security and cooperation accord for the DR Congo and the Great Lakes Region.

Participants at the East African Community leaders’ conclave agreed that a political process could be started under the leadership of President Kenyatta of Kenya to facilitate consultations between the DR Congo government and local armed groups active in the country.

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