Mbeki and Kagame to Meet in Pretoria
South African President Thabo Mbeki was to meet his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, in Pretoria Saturday, his office announced.
No details of the agenda of the meeting were available, but the two leaders are expected to discuss regional problems, particularly the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
These same issues were discussed by Kagame and Zambian President Frederick Chiluba during a meeting in Lusaka on Friday.
The meeting between Mbeki and Kagame appeared to have been arranged at the last minute as Kagame was due to have returned to Rwanda from Lusaka immediately after his talks with Chiluba.
The Pretoria meeting comes as the facilitator of the inter-Congolese dialogue, Botswana former president Ketumile Masire, flies Saturday to Kinshasa for a meeting with DRC President Joseph Kabila.
The Kinshasa meeting is one of a series Masire is expected to hold in the DRC, where belligerents in the conflict have begun to disengage their forces.
The civil war has since August 1998 pitted DRC government forces supported by troops from Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe against rebels backed by Uganda and Rwanda – PRETORIA (AFP)