South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has been at Luanda’s Presidential Palace to attend a tripartite meeting with his Angolan and DR Congolese counterparts, José Eduardo dos Santos and Joseph Kabila.
Zuma and the Angolan president reviewed the troops on parade and posed to take an official photograph before commencing talks. Opening the summit, the Angolan statesman delivered a welcoming speech to the participating delegates before inviting them to an official lunch. President Zuma, who arrived in Luanda on Monday evening (March 11), left Angola for South Africa after the meeting.
A press note from the Civil Office of the President of the Republic of Angola states that the situation in eastern DR Congo was discussed with a view to implementing the Framework Agreement for peace, stability and cooperation in that region.
A pledge of cooperation for peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region, with the involvement of regional and international communities, was signed last February in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The agreement aims to put an end to the recurring cycle of conflict and violence motivated by armed groups, which has already claimed thousands of lives and displaced nearly two million people in DR Congo.