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Angola: International Contact Group for Great Lakes Region meets in USA

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:13 - Updated Tue, 16 May 2017 06:47

Flags of the Great Lakes countries

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

Luanda - A meeting of the International Contact Group for the Great Lakes Region is taking place this Monday in Washington, in an organization of the United State of America Department of State.

According to a press note from the Angolan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting aims at analyzing the political situations prevailing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

The document that reached Angop on Monday states that the meeting is being attended by the special envoys for the Great Lakes region of the United State of America, United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium.

The event is also being attended by special envoys of the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, EU, African Union and International Francophonie Organization.

Regarding DRC, there will be a prospecting discussion intended to show how the international community should be positioned to work together with a post-election government in DRC on the political economic and security governance.    

On Burundi issue, the contact group will revise what the international community is thinking on how actions can be taken to help this African country.

One of the possibilities to be considered is to include the international community as inter-Burundi dialogue facilitator.

Angola is the African state invited to participate in this meeting, emphasizing the importance of the members of the International Contact Group in relation to Angola’s leadership, influence and responsibility as model of stability, national reconciliation, resiliency and development.

Angola is being represented in this meeting by the ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo, director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office for Africa, Middle East and Regional Organizations.