President of Kenya, William Ruto has called for political leadership in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevail and drive stability in the country.
Ruto said the effort must be corroborated by countries neighbouring DRC for peace and sustainability, adding that “without these bold steps, our region will not be able to ride the negative effects.”
He underscored that the resolution of the conflict has a long a way to go and appealed for more support from regional bodies and the international community, while stressing that the resources will support comprehensive interventions to assist the growing humanitarian needs.
The Kenyan President made the remarks on Friday in Addis Ababa during the African Union Peace and Security mini-Summit of Heads of State and Government on the situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on the sidelines of the 36th Ordinary Session.
Present were Presidents João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço (Angola), Évariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Jessica Alupo (Vice President of Uganda), and Deng Dau (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs – South Sudan).
Others were Felix Tshisekedi (Democratic Republic of Congo), Samia Suluhu (Tanzania) and Commissioner for African Union Commission Political Affairs, Peace and Security Ambassador Bankole Adeoye.
President Ruto also urged for the convening of the Nairobi-IV session of the Inter-Congolese Consultations.