Tanzanian President John Magufuli has praised newly elected leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for his efforts to restore peace in the vast central African country.
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the business capital Dar es Salaam on Thursday night said Magufuli assured DRC President Felix Tshisekedi of his government’s support toward finding lasting peace in the DRC.
The statement said Magufuli commended Tshisekedi during talks at State House held at the start of the DRC President’s two-day state visit to the east African nation.
President Magufuli commended his DRC counterpart for his efforts to reunite political rebels that have been fighting for a long time, said the statement.
Magufuli said political upheavals in neighboring DRC have resulted people to flee their country and seek asylum in western Tanzania.
“We have been providing shelter to tens of hundreds of Congolese refugees fleeing civil unrest in their country,” said Magufuli, adding that Tanzania was the only country that had not withdrawn its peacekeeping mission from the DRC.
“Our peace keeping mission from the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces will remain in the DRC until when peace was restored,” said Magufuli.
For his part, President Tshisekedi thanked Tanzania for its role toward the restoration of peace in his country.
He said African countries should embark on economic integration for the benefit of their people. This could be achieved through the improvement of road infrastructure, energy and removal of trade barriers among the countries. Enditem