Kigali, 24 November 2012
President Paul Kagame and President Denis Sassou-N’guesso on Saturday commended the decisions taken by the heads of state of the just concluded ICGLR summit in Kampala. President Sassou-N’guesso is in Rwanda on a two-day working visit at the invitation of President Kagame during which the two heads of state discussed bilateral, regional and international issues, and expressed satisfaction with the strengthened political and cooperation ties between Rwanda and the Republic of Congo.
The heads of state discussed at length the ongoing crisis in Eastern DRC and welcomed the comprehensive resolutions of the ICGLR summit in Kampala. They called upon the Government of the DRC and the M23 to commit to implementing the Kampala decisions as these represented an important opportunity to resolve the conflict. They also noted the importance of correctly assessing and understanding the real nature of the various armed groups in the DRC so that appropriate solutions are found for each.
President Sassou-N’guesso noted the value of the discussions and breakthrough held earlier this week between Presidents Kagame, Museveni and Kabila and said it represented an effective framework for building confidence between the DRC and its immediate neighbours.
President Sassou-N’guesso thanked his Rwandan counterpart for the hospitality and meaningful discussions and said this visit to Rwanda was an important opportunity to further strengthen the relationship between Rwanda and Congo.