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President Kagame receives UN Special Envoy to discuss Rwanda’s security development

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame received the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Great Lakes, Huang Xia, who is visiting the region to review regional political and security developments.

During their discussion, which took place on Thursday, 12 September 2019, the two parties also exchanged views on current progress on the implementation of the national and regional commitments under the peace agreement, it said.

The visit comes after Rwanda had threatened to withdraw from the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in September 2018, questioning the body’s role and impact in the prevention of insecurity in the region.

Rwandan officials argue that ICGLR has not taken an active role in addressing the issue of genocide fugitives and negative forces in the region, despite having a security pact that obliges member states to take action.

ICGLR is composed of 12 member states, namely: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Mr Huang Xia took office in March 2019 and is the third envoy to be appointed to the Great Lakes region of Africa after Mary Robinson of Ireland and Said Djinnit of Algeria.

Before his appointment, he served as the Ambassador at large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

Prior to that he served as ambassador of China to Gabon, Niger, Senegal and the Republic of Congo.



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