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A mini presidential summit in the Congo discusses security and coups in Africa


Brazzaville (AFP) – February 13, 2022. 05:09

Congo..mini-summit to discuss security in the Great Lakes region

  • Four African heads of state held a mini-summit Saturday in Oyo, northern Republic of the Congo, to discuss security in the Great Lakes region
  • Discussions focused on the developments in the political and security situation in Central and West Africa
  • The four heads of state reiterated their full support for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its sanctions against Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

Four African heads of state held a mini-summit Saturday in Oyo North Democratic Republic of the Congo To discuss security in the Great Lakes region and the recent successive coups in West Africa, according to an official source.

Discussions focused between the Presidents of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, and Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi, Ugandan Yoweri Museveni, and Togo Faure Gnassingbe, on the developments in the political and security situation in Central and West Africa, according to the meeting’s final statement.

The text circulated to the press stated that the presidents “talked at length about the joint operations carried out by the armies of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the eastern part of the latter country aimed at eliminating the allied democratic forces…and other destructive forces that threaten peace and stability in these two countries.”

The “Allied Democratic Forces”, which ISIS presents as a branch in Central Africa, are accused of committing many massacres in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it has been active since the 1990s, and of launching attacks recently in Uganda.

The Oyo meeting gave its full support to the joint military operations between Kinshasa and Kampala against these rebels.

A Congolese diplomatic source in Brazzaville said, “We must join forces to confront these subversive Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who pledged allegiance to ISIS and who now seem determined to impose their law on the countries of the Congo Basin.”

The four heads of state also reiterated their full support for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its sanctions against Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso after the coups in the three countries since May 2021.

The diplomatic source added that they “seek to better understand and guard against what is happening in West Africa.”

The closing statement indicated that the presidents of Angola, Burundi and Rwanda had invited them, but they were not able to travel to Oyo due to their busy schedules.

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