Kigali, 28 August 2012

President Kagame today received Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of Mozambique and current Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). President Guebuza was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Baloi and the executive secretary of SADC, Tomaz Salomao.

During their meeting, President Kagame and President Guebuza discussed the current unrest in Eastern DRC and clarified that the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) is leading the process to resolve the problems in the DRC, including inviting other organizations to contribute to ongoing efforts. President Guebuza pointed out SADC’s preparedness to play a positive role in the process and requested the SADC secretariat to coordinate efforts with ICGLR.

Speaking to press after the meeting the Executive Secretary of SADC, Tomaz Salomao said:

“The most important thing is that SADC member states and Great Lakes member states work together to ensure problems faced in eastern DRC can be addressed and resolved based on a dialogue and mutual understanding of the consensus.”

President Guebuza, became President in February 2005 and was re-elected for a second five-year term in October 2009. He was elected Chair of SADC at the last summit in Maputo earlier this month.