Speaking to the press, Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that the joint efforts of Angola and the United Nations to promote the pacification of the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo dominated the meeting.
"We have a very strong cooperation in this matter with the Republic of Angola. And we have said that it is very important to move forward with the implementation of the Roadmap of Luanda to move forward with the objective of bringing peace back to the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo ", he stressed.
The audience also discussed Angola's initiative to deploy a contingent in the DRC, with the aim of supervising the cantonment of members of the M23 armed group. "It is a very positive initiative and the United Nations, in particular MONUSCO, are available to contribute to the creation of the necessary conditions for this deployment of the Angolan contingent", he referred.
The diplomat said that he had also analyzed with the Head of State the need to increase Angola's contribution to UN peacekeeping operations. "We are discussing various options to achieve this objective of increasing the Angolan contribution to our operations", he maintained.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix stressed that this is a perspective that is of great interest to the United Nations. "We are interested in Angola contributing with military capabilities, and we are discussing several options with Angola's military and diplomatic authorities to advance this objective and I hope that this contribution can materialize", he said.
It should be recalled that João Lourenço currently assumes the rotating presidency of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL).