Luanda, 1 June 2022 (TDI): The President of Angola, Jaoa Lurenco, and the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi met in Angola on Tuesday, to mediate the DRC-Rwanda Conflict
The meeting aims to discuss ways to reduce tensions between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. President of Angola Lourenco has taken the role of a mediator in the ongoing conflict.
Les deux chefs d'État ont eu un entretien de plus de 2 heures.
Ils ont parlé de la situation à l'Est de la RDC dans le cadre d'une médiation menée par le Président angolais, président en exercice de la CIRGL, pour un règlement pacifique du différend entre Kinshasa et Kigali. pic.twitter.com/DXaEPMTTnv
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Leaders’ Meetings Can Promote Conflict Resolution
The meeting mainly focuses on various aspects that can contribute to the peaceful settlement of this current conflict. Rwanda alleges that the DRC had fired rockets in Rwanda. On the other hand, DRC said that two Rwandan soldiers have been trespassing on the land of DRC. Afterward, the trespass ultimately resulted in their arrest.
After many discussions, Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the DRC has agreed to ensure the release of the two Rwandan soldiers. After the elite discussion between the two presidents, another meeting including Rwanda President Paul Kagame happened.
Paul Kagame has a great reputation for his good leadership qualities diplomacy is one of them. The meeting took place virtually.
According to the report, the meeting was productive as the three presidents agreed to attend the summit organized by Lourenco.
Additionally, President Jaoa called for the summit where he invited the two presidents, Paul Kagame, and Felix. This summit will focus on discussing how to settle matters that have affected the three countries. The summit will take place in Luanda and the date is soon to be confirmed.
The presidents are willing to settle the matter in the most diplomatic way possible.
Since the widespread influx in eastern Congo of Rwandan Hutus accused of massacring Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi massacre, ties between the DRC and Rwanda have been hostile.
Tensions between DRC and Rwanda have been slowly escalating in March due to the conflicts between DRC’s army and the M23 rebel movement which is rumored to be sponsored by Rwanda.