a scheduled meeting between Felix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame

The Congolese and Rwandan presidents will meet in Luanda, Angola, on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, together with Angolan President Joao Lourenço, appointed as mediator by the African Union in the crisis between the two countries. Kinshasa has for several months accused Kigali of supporting the rebel group M23, which is in the midst of a revival in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Support was denied by Rwandans.

The meeting should begin face-to-face, in the middle of the day, between Félix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame, in the presence of Angolan President Joao Lourenço. An extended bilateral will be accompanied by delegations from both parties. According to a reliable source, the Congolese president will arrive with members from the Foreign Ministry, the army, immigration and the intelligence service. Teams have already been in Luanda for several days to prepare the ground.

Clarification requested According to a good connoisseur of the file, the Congolese side will demand one thing: that Rwanda clarify its links with the M23 and end their support. “The evidence is piling up. This must stop and Kigali is speaking the language of truth,” said a Congolese official, claiming that Kinshasa had even presented evidence to the Angolan mediator.

On the Rwandan side, Paul Kagame declared this Monday “to wish the best for the DRC and Rwanda. But if that does not happen I will always be ready for the worst”, he said at a press conference. There is no doubt that he will Luanda with his own arguments.

“We need peace” The president, who confirmed that the Rwandan Hutu rebels FDLR “was fighting alongside Congolese soldiers. We were hit by grenades fired from the DRC. But we need peace for our two countries.”

As for the East African force to be deployed in Congo. Kinshasa wants Rwanda excluded. “I have no problem with that,” said Paul Kagame.

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