Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and the East African Community (EAC) leadership praised President William Ruto's decision to send the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Uhuru spoke to participants in the DRC Peace Talks in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Friday, November 4.
The former head of state took part in the discussions as the EAC Facilitator on the Peace Process in the country's Eastern region (DRC).
The EAC's chair, President Evariste Ndayishime, urged the other EAC nations to follow Kenya's lead in ending the conflict in Eastern DRC.
According to a meeting statement, "the meeting commended the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, and Uganda for their prompt troop deployment and urged other nations that provide troops to do the same."
As of Friday, November 4, only Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi had fulfilled their end of the EAC heads of state agreement to send troops to the DRC.
Ruto reaffirmed Kenya's commitment to working toward a peaceful neighborhood as the country dispatched troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The chairperson announced that the next dialogue session would take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 16, 2022.
The DRC will be represented at the convention, including traditional leaders. The heads of the armed forces from the various EAC nations were also expected to meet as the international community works to end the conflict in Eastern DRC.
Following his retirement, Uhuru assumed the role of peace envoy, tasked with bringing the conflict between Ethiopia and the Tigray rebels to a close.
The former head of state persuaded the two parties to end the war.
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