Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president, has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ahead of high-level talks with President Felix Tshisekedi on security cooperation, peace, and security in the country and surrounding areas.
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor, as well as other top officials, followed Ramaphosa.
South Africa is a member of the regional stability framework for peace, security, and cooperation. On Thursday, the signatory countries’ gathering will begin.
“At the summit, participants will address political and security cooperation, as well as proposals to promote economic development and regional integration through integrative cross-border projects.”
“Under the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework agreement for the DRC and the region, the regional monitoring mechanism is the key oversight body,” the Presidency said on Wednesday.
“It meets once a year at the head of state and government level to monitor progress in implementing national and regional commitments under the Framework agreement signed on February 24, 2013 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, by 13 nations and four guarantor entities (UN, AU, ICGLR, and SADC).”
“Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia were among the first signatory countries.” On January 31, 2014, Kenya and Sudan became the peace agreement’s 12th and 13th signatories.”