Alexander De Croo calls for more regional cooperation in the fight against insecurity in the Great Lakes Region

In the margins of the ministerial week of the UN General Assembly, Belgium and Congo Brazzaville jointly chaired a ministerial meeting to discuss regional security in the Great Lakes Region. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo called for more regional cooperation.

Belgium welcomes the recent initiatives taken by the countries in the region to strengthen regional cooperation and applauds the common will they have shown to tackle insecurity in the region.

Regional responses

Alexander De Croo: "The Great Lakes region continues to face major regional security, stability and development challenges, ranging from armed groups and ethnic violence to a major humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people. These are challenges that transcend borders and require regional answers."

Minister De Croo was very pleased with the broad ministerial interest shown by members of the region's governments, but also by other countries involved. President Tshisekedi of the DRC was the guest of honour at the ministerial meeting.

Renewed cooperation Belgium-DRC

Minister De Croo referred, among other things, to the recent visit of President Tshisekedi to Belgium, where the close historical ties and cooperation between Congo and Belgium were revived. President Tshisekedi's attendance at this meeting confirms this positive dynamic of restoring relations of trust with neighbouring countries.

The Belgian commitment to the International Contact Group for the Great Lakes is of course nothing new. In close cooperation with the countries of the region and the main international actors, our country wants to evaluate the most important recent developments and work toward joint responses to the major challenges in the region.