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President Kagame and Tshisekedi hold talks with Macky Sall

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 31 mai 2022 at 06:49

President Paul Kagame and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have held talks with their counterpart of Senegal, Macky Sall who also serves as the current Chairperson of the African Union (AU). The Heads of State discussed the tension that has been escalating between Rwanda and DRC.

The development has been confirmed by Macky Sall through a message posted on Twitter handle where he revealed that the discussions were held over the phone to seek a solution to the issue.

"I thank President Felix Tshisekedi and Kagame for our phone conversations held yesterday and today with a view to seek a peaceful solution peaceful to the dispute between the DRC and Rwanda,” he tweeted on Monday 30th May 2022.

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).

The tension broke out recently when DRC accused Rwanda of supporting M23 rebels in clashes with Congolese Army (FARDC). DRC also recently banned RwandAir flights to the country over the same allegations.

Apart from DRC’s accusations said to be unfounded, Rwanda announced that FARDC in collaboration with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) shelled rockets on Rwandan territory that left civilians injured and destroyed property.

FDLR is rebel outfit comprised of remnant masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi who at different times plotted hit-and-run attacks to Rwanda and repelled back.

President Kagame meeting with his counterpart of Senegal, Macky Sall in April this year.

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