EAST AFRICAN HEADS OF STATE HAVE HELD A SUMMIT AND PROPOSED MEASURES TO COUNTER INSECURITY AND FIGHT THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC IN THE REGION

East African heads of state have held a video mini summit which was called by  DR  Congo President Mr. Félix- Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo , to foster the strengthening of cooperation for pacification and stabilization of the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes sub-region.

The mini summit was attended by  Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and  João Manuel Gonçalves  Lourenco of Angola.

A State house statement, released by  Lindah Nabusayi , said  the Heads of State of the four countries reviewed the security situation in the Great Lakes sub-region, and recalled the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement of February 2013 which affirms the security concerns of the countries of the sub- region. -Great Lakes region.

“In this regard, they reaffirmed their willingness to combine their efforts to eradicate the negative forces and armed groups operating in the Great Lakes sub-regio. They condemned the activism of negative forces in the Great Lakes sub-region, and reaffirmed their willingness to advocate for the strengthening of the capacities of existing mechanisms in the Great Lakes sub-region in order to cut off negative forces from sources of financing of their activities and to jointly fight against both regional and international mafia networks which contribute the illicit exploitation and trade of natural resources in the Great Lakes sub-region, : the statement read in part .

The presidents  agreed to set up a cross-border plan to strengthen surveillance and control measures in response to Covid-19 and other pathologies with epidemic potential between the four countries, while respecting national, regional and international laws relating thereto;

“The Heads of State reaffirmed their determination to consolidate cooperation between States and to pursue the exploration of economic opportunities, including facilitation of cross-border trade and infrastructure to strengthen the regional integration necessary for the consolidation of peace and safety in the Great Lakes sub-region.”

The Heads of State directed the Ministers of Foreign Affairs to propose practical modalities for the implementation of the decisions of this Summit.

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