DRC President, Felix Tshisekedi Arrives in Uganda for State Visit

Uganda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa receiving DRC's President Felix Tshisekedi at Entebbe airport.

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi has Saturday arrived in Uganda ahead of a State visit, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tshisekedi who took over Presidency of DRC from Joseph Kabila in January this year will be in Uganda for two days. He arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Saturday and was received by Uganda’s top diplomat, Sam Kutesa.

The Congolese President is accompanied by a Delegation of Ministers and Senior Officials.

His visit is at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni, a short statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

This is President Tshisekedi’s second visit to Uganda since he became President. In March, he met with Museveni at State House in Entebbe and discussed trade, regional security among other subjects of bilateral interest to both countries.

In February, Museveni held talks with Tshisekedi in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State.

Both leaders discussed among others the issue of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels who continue to pose a security threat.

This week, Minister Kutesa announced the inaugural Uganda – DRC business forum scheduled for November 9 in Kampala Serena Hotel. The forum will be presided over by Museveni and his counterpart, Tshisekedi.

In explaining the objective of the forum, Kutesa said Uganda and the DRC enjoy fraternal and excellent bilateral relations.

“The two countries have established cooperation frameworks including the Joint Permanent Commission which have enabled the two sisterly states to achieve common goals and objectives,” he said.

DRC is one of the key export markets for Uganda’s exports. Total exports for 2018 stood at USD 531m, with formal trade standing at USD 221m  while, informal trade currently standing at USD 312m.

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