22 April, 2024
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President Salva Kiir’s Diplomatic Mission to Rwanda: A Quest for Regional Peace Amidst Tensions

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President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan embarked on a pivotal diplomatic mission to Kigali, Rwanda, this Thursday, with the aim of discussing peace initiatives amidst escalating tensions in the region. He is scheduled to meet with Rwandan President Paul Kagame to present a message of diplomacy and peace, in light of the recent strain between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. The two nations have been embroiled in conflict for the past three years, primarily due to the M23 Rebel group seizing control of a significant portion of the Congo region, thereby undermining the DRC government’s stability. This situation necessitated a call for military support from the East African Community (EAC), leading to a collective regional effort to restore peace and stability in the Congo.

In a demonstration of his commitment to regional peace, President Kiir, during last week’s African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, underscored the critical importance of peace in the region. He emphasized the collective responsibility of African leaders to safeguard the lives of their people and to work collaboratively towards enduring peace. As the current chairperson of the East African Community, President Kiir’s arrival in Kigali was met with a warm reception by the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary-General of the East African Community, highlighting the significance of his visit and the broader regional commitment to peace and security.

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