President Zuma to undertake working visit to Angola

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is to undertake a working visit to Angola tomorrow to meet with President José Eduardo dos Santos, and President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said the Presidency.

The meeting will take place in Luanda on Tuesday.

Peace and stability will be among the issues discussed between the three Heads of State.

“The meeting takes place following a successful visit by President Zuma to Angola on 16 January 2013. The main objective was to consolidate bilateral political and economic relations and further strengthen relations between the two countries.”

In February, the President said that the signing of a peace charter for the DRC and the region has presented an opportunity to bring about stability in the war-torn region.  

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Great Lakes Region in Ethiopia, Zuma said the framework is “yet another opportunity to comprehensively deal with the complexities facing the DRC and the region”.

The African Union and the United Nations joined hands to facilitate the signing of the framework which sets out a list of commitments to achieve peace.

But he conceded that the framework in itself did not provide all the answers, saying it is an instrument that points the government of the DRC, its immediate neighbours and the international community in a direction that will take this country out of the current morass.

The Eastern DRC has been in a state of chaos for over a decade now while concerns continue over the persistent illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region–