Leaders of Rwanda, DRC meet in Angola amid rising tensions

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi is due to meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid increasing hostility between the neighboring countries.

The two leaders yesterday discussed bilateral relations and the armed conflict in eastern DRC, where last month M23 rebels captured a town near the Uganda border.

Congolese officials maintain that the M23 is backed by Rwanda and have accused the much smaller neighbor of occupying Congolese territory.

DRC government spokesman Patrick Muyaya confirmed the pair would be discussing “Rwanda’s aggression in Congo”.

When asked whether Kinshasa still believes Rwandan troops were fighting alongside M23 rebels in in the east of the country Muyaya replied: “That is obvious.”

Rwanda has long denied supporting M23, disputing the accounts of conflict observers, UN experts and others.

The meeting comes after the African Union asked Angolan President João Lourenço to mediate the DRC-Rwanda dispute.                                                                                                Credit: rfi


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