The East Africa Community Chiefs of Defence Forces/ Chiefs of Defence Staff on 9th February 2023, held a meeting to address the peace and security challenges in Eastern DRC in Nairobi.

The aim of the meeting was to evaluate the efforts for the restoration of peace and security in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

While giving his remarks, the Chairperson and Chief of the Defence Force Burundi, General Prime Niyongabo expressed hope that the deliberations of the meeting will contribute towards creating lasting peace and stability in Eastern DRC.

He also appreciated the extensive and fruitful deliberations by the participants that contributed to the fulfillment of the Directive by the EAC Heads of State.

The Chairperson additionally noted that he was optimistic that the deployment of the remaining East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) contingent will be expedited to enable the regional force deliver on its mandate.

The delegation also agreed on the deployment of EACRF to areas earmarked for M23 phased withdrawal, and the protection of civilians in areas vacated by M23.

Present were EAC Secretariat, Senior Officers, and other invited guests.

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