10 Feb 2019 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 FEB (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob held bilateral talks with the newly-elected President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, shortly after he arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday.
Geingob is in that country for the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
A media statement issued Sunday afternoon by Press Secretary Alfredo Hengari said the two Heads of State agreed that Tshisekedi would undertake at the invitation of Geingob a visit to Namibia with the objective of deepening peace and stability in the DRC, as well as strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
The two leaders also discussed political developments in the DRC, including how the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can assist that country in its efforts in favour of peace, stability and issues related to economic developments.
In respect of the SADC Heads of State and Government consultation which was officially chaired by Geingob, both Tshisekedi and Zimbabwes President Emmerson Mnangagwa briefed the meeting about the political and socio-economic developments in their respective countries.
On his part while chairing this meeting, Geingob also officially welcomed the two newly-elected presidents, Tshisekedi and Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar to the SADC family of Heads of State and Government and, therefore, emphasised the consolidation of political processes in the SADC region.
In his concluding remarks at the meeting, Geingob reiterated good governance and accountability as the central pillars to economic progress in SADC.
Geingob is further expected to participate in a breakfast meeting on the 400th anniversary of the Atlantic Slave Trade to be hosted by President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, after which he will hold several bilateral meetings with visiting Heads of State with the objective of deepening collaboration with the Government of Estonia on e-governance and digital transformation in Africa.
The AU summit is scheduled for 10 to 11 February under the theme Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.
Geingob is expected back home on Monday.