August 15, 2022

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DR Congo and Rwanda decided to hold talks to resolve tensions

At the end of the talks, the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi; From Rwanda, Paul Kagame assured the press of their readiness to continue the dialogue, whose immediate step would be to hold a session of the bilateral joint committee next week, after a long period without a meeting.

According to Kagame, the meeting in Luanda was a “good start” for reaching the normalization of relations with the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo; “We hope to move forward” and resolve the issues on the ground, he said, and we have come to this point.

The two eminent men thanked the efforts of the Angolan head of state and government, Joao Lourenço, who is currently chairing the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, to which the three countries belong.

According to Tshisekedi, tensions do not benefit anyone, and during today’s meeting in this capital, there were clear expressions on both sides in favor of resolving the crisis.

In this sense, he considered the necessity of restoring the broken trust between the two states and the two peoples. And also to ensure stable exchange, which is also looking at the development of the Great Lakes region.

Likewise, he highlighted his government’s decision to do everything in its power to get out of the state of internal conflict, which lasted 20 years in the Eastern Province and was exacerbated by the return of the March 23 Movement (M23), which, inherited allegations of the use of force of arms and blackmail.

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The President said he expects the immediate withdrawal of M23 and appreciates the possibility of understanding with Rwanda. He stressed, “We do not want war or tensions” because this harms national development and the entire region.

He stressed that the mixed bilateral committee between the two governments’ delegations will meet next week in Luanda as well.

In light of the events, disagreements have recently gained strength due to mutual accusations: the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirmed that the March 23 Movement supports Rwanda and accused the authorities of the neighboring country of occupying part of its territory.

While Nadir has repeatedly denied alleged support for M23 and condemned the DRC for supporting another armed group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which includes leaders accused of participating in the 1994 genocide on Rwandan soil.

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