President Yoweri Museveni has pledged his support and contribution to the peace process concerning the current Russia-Ukraine crisis. During a virtual meeting hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa at State House Nakasero, President Museveni emphasized the importance of the African perspective on peace for both countries.
Expressing his concern over the escalating war, President Museveni stated, “This war affects all of us and it can worsen if not resolved. It poses a threat to world peace. Since we have our own perspective, we can share with them how we have solved our own problems here.” He further added, “Africa has a track record of resolving conflicts, such as South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, the situation in Congo, Somalia, and others.”
President Museveni also highlighted the impact of the conflict on Africa, particularly mentioning the sanctions that have affected banking and marine transport, among other sectors. He expressed his gratitude to the Republic of South Africa and the organizers for facilitating the meeting to discuss Africa’s role in contributing to the resolution of the crisis.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, the host of the virtual meeting, commended the African presidents for dedicating time to discuss Africa’s contribution to resolving the Russia-Ukraine crisis. He emphasized the collective aim of African heads of state to promote meaningful negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, leading to an end to the conflict. “As Pan-African leaders, we embark on this mission with a strong desire for peace,” President Ramaphosa affirmed.
In attendance at the meeting was President Azali Assoumani of the Union of Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union (AU), President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville, and President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia.
To further explore potential peace plans and seek a resolution to the conflict, a delegation of African heads of state is expected to travel to Russia and Ukraine. Their presence aims to contribute to a peaceful resolution and foster stability in the region.