Ugandan leaders agree to push for regional peace

Ugandan leaders agree to push for regional peace

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks during the signing of a treaty that integrates the Democratic Republic of Congo into the East Africa trade block by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Felix Tshisekedi not seen at State House in Nairobi on April 8, 2022. TONY KARUMBA AFP KAMPALA Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and visiting Rwandan leader Paul Kagame agreed to push for regional peace and stability in order to address the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday.

Museveni said that the problems affecting the region, like the crisis in Congo, need a collective approach from all regional members of the East African Community, which brings together Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan and DRC.

We must work together because these people have suffered a lot. I told President Kenyatta that if we don't come in as a region, Congo may become like Sudan, Museveni said. President Uhuru Kenyatta is Kenya's president. He was at a regional heads of state meeting in Nairobi on Thursday about the situation in DRC.

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President Kagame said leaders and all parties must talk about the Congolese crisis once and for all.

In this file photo taken on May 28, 2021, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame speaks to international media at the presidency office in Kigali. SIMON WOHLFAHRT AFP They need to talk without leaving anyone behind, Kagame said.

The regional leaders' meeting held in Nairobi directed all groups in the DRC to participate unconditionally in the political process to resolve their grievances.

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They also directed that a regional force be deployed to fight rebel insurgency in the country.

Kagame is on a private visit to Uganda at the invitation of Museveni. Kagame visited Uganda in March 2018.