Zambian President Edgar Lungu is expected to hold talks with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni to seek solutions to conflicts in South Sudan and some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), his office said on Thursday.
Lungu was invited to go to Uganda by Museveni when the two held bilateral talks in China on the sidelines of the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia conference, presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda said.
The Zambian leader will use his official visit to Uganda to discuss how the two governments could work together to deal with conflicts in the Great Lakes Region, particularly the conflict in South Sudan, he added.
“The president has since directed Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba to ravel to Uganda within the next two weeks to prepare for the visit and also to look at the contentious issues causing trouble in South Sudan,” he said.
However, the presidential spokesperson did not say when Lungu will visit Uganda.
Lungu was invited to be part of the South Sudan peace process by that country’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar when he held separate talks with both leaders on the sidelines of the African Union Summit early this year.
The South Sudan rebel leader served as the first vice-president of South Sudan from its independence in 2011 until his dismissal in 2013.
Other African leaders involved in the mediation process include Museveni, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Enditem