Deputy President William Ruto has traveled to Luanda, Angola, to join the United Nations Great Lakes Peace and Security Summit.
DP Ruto is representing the Kenyan President who had to cancel his plans to attend the summit following Tuesday’s attack in Mandera which killed 12 people. President Kenyatta flew back into the country to lead security meetings on how to tackle the terror group.
Ruto, along with his delegates, arrived at the Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday.
This will be the first time the regional oversight security meeting will take place away from the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa or the UN General Assembly.
Ruto will be among several world leaders attending the seventh summit of its kind, which will be focusing on the perennial armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and South Sudan.
The meeting is meant to bring countries from the Great Lakes region together to also discuss the humanitarian crises, natural resources, and other issues in the region.
Angolan Minister of External Relations Jorge Liberatou Conthi opened the Security Summit, calling for concerted efforts to bring peace and political stability to the former Belgian Congo and surrounding countries.
The meeting will also address the cooperation and mistrust of the Great Lakes countries. The DRC has in the past accused Rwanda and Uganda of fueling the conflict in its country, an accusation they deny.
UN Security council members – USA, Russia and China – are leading the efforts to end the continued armed conflict in these countries as well as bring political stability and development to the region.