DRC President takes over as SADC chairperson

(Last Updated On: 19 August 2022)

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi acknowledged that relations between Malawi and the DRC are well.

Kinshasa – August 18, 2022: On the eve of the opening of the 42nd SADC summit on Wednesday, August 17, the President of the DRC and current chairman of ECCAS Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo met with his counterparts from the Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Malawi.

President Samia Suluhu of Tanzania met with Félix Tshisekedi in a closed session as soon as she arrived at the Cité de l’Union Africaine.

At the end of their half-hour meeting, according to the Office of the DRC President, in a statement, the two heads of state made no statement to the press.

“Later that day, the incoming SADC Chairperson also received the President of Malawi and outgoing SADC Chairperson, Lazarus Chakwera, who will hand over the baton to the incoming President, Félix Tshisekedi,” statement adds.

At the end of the audience, the two heads of state held a joint press briefing. In his brief address to the press, the Malawian head of state thanked his host for the welcome he received on Congolese soil and said he had discussed with him a number of issues in the framework of the DRC-Malawi partnership, as well as how the two countries could develop trade and settle the visa issue.

Tshisekedi also said that as part of regional integration, they have planned the construction of roads and railways to facilitate mobility in the region. A joint commission will be established to discuss the issue, he revealed. Regarding security in the east of the country, he promised his support and that of his country to pacify the East and boost the industrialization of the region.


Malawian leader said he was pleased to be in Kinshasa and especially that Felix Tshisekedi has been a wonderful support for him as chairman of SADC, he concluded.

“President Tshisekedi thanked his predecessor for the support he promised him at the head of the sub-regional organization. He also indicated that it is an honor for him to assume the leadership of this organization.”

Regarding the issue of security and peace, which were also the subject of their meeting in the afternoon, President Tshisekedi took the opportunity to thank his Malawian counterpart as well as his country for the support within the framework of the rapid intervention brigade (FIB) under the UN auspices, which is contributing to bringing peace to the DRC alongside Tanzanian and South African troops.

In closing, Head of State Felix Tshisekedi acknowledged that relations between Malawi and the DRC are well.

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