Wed. May 31st, 2023

A meeting between #Rwanda and #DemocraticRepublicofCongo (DRC) in #Luanda, #Angola, mediated by President João Lourenço, has agreed on a roadmap that will lead to the de-escalation of tensions between the two neighbours following a recent flaring of fighting in the eastern part of #DRC.

President #PaulKagame and his Congolese counterpart President #FelixTshisekedi met in the Angolan capital on Wednesday to discuss issues that have led to the souring of the #diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries as a result of counter accusations.

Kinshasa accuses Kigali of backing M23 rebels who in recent months intensified their fight against Congolese government forces FARDC. Rwanda denied supporting the #rebels who waged a rebellion in 2012 and instead accused DRC of supporting the FDLR militia and engaging in acts of cross-border provocations.

According to preliminary information from Luanda, President Lourenço urged the two leaders to diffuse the situation and embark on a gradual process of restoring trust between the two countries. Among other things, the “Luanda roadmap” which would see the reviving of the Rwanda-DRC Joint Permanent Commission (JPC), was agreed upon.

By Joy

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