DRC opens doors for discussions with Rwanda

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 31 mai 2022 at 02:22

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been insisting that Rwanda supports M23 rebel group noting that it was the immediate cause for barring RwandAir flights to the country. DRC has however announced that it is willing to participate in discussions to solve disputes between both countries.

DRC announced the suspension of RwandAir flights on Saturday 28th May 2022. The latter has been conducting flights to Lubumbashi, Goma and Kinshasa.

Apart from the suspension, the country also summoned Rwanda’s ambassador, Vincent Karega to receive detailed explanations on the allegations.

The Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson of the Democratic Republic of Congo Patrick Muyaya has announced that his country’s measures are meant to defend territorial integrity.

“The problems won’t deviate us from our choice of looking to the future […] the choice of peace for our country,” he said.

“We cannot close all doors for discussions but those seeking negotiations should come to us with sincerity,” added Muyaya.

Since the crisis broke out, Rwanda maintained that it does neither have troops on DRC’s land nor support M23.

Rwanda has also said that the issue of M23 and DRC is an internal matter of the country which has to be solved without dragging Rwanda into the problem.

President Paul Kagame and Felix Tshisekedi of DRC yesterday held talks with their counterpart of Senegal, Macky Sall who also serves as the Chairperson of the African Union.

Maky Sall has revealed via Twitter handle that the discussions revolved around tension between Rwanda, DRC. He thanked Kagame and Tshisekedi after having a phone conversation with them to seek a solution to the problem.

Macky Sall has also requested the Angolan President, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço to follow up efforts to mediate the crisis between Rwanda and DRC.

Lourenço also serves as the chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

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DRC has been accusing Rwanda of supporting M23 rebels.
Patrick Muyaya has announced that his country’s measures are meant to defend its sovereignty.