DR Congo president accuses Rwandan counterpart of backing rebels

DR Congo president accuses Rwandan counterpart of backing rebels

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame of supporting M23 rebels during clashes in his country’s east that displaced tens of thousands of people.

The president spoke on Sunday after visiting neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville where he met his counterpart Denis Sassou Nguesso.

According to President Tshisekedi, there is no doubt that the M23 rebels are supported by Kigali.

He emphasised that although he wanted peace with Rwanda, DR Congo’s neighbours “should not mistake our desire for peace with weakness”.

“I hope that Rwanda has learned this lesson because today, it’s clear. There is no doubt Rwanda has supported the M23 to come and attack the DRC,” he said.

Rwanda has consistently denied accusations of backing the rebels.

Angolan President João Lourenço is organizing a summit between President Tshisekedi and Kagame to ease tensions, his office announced last week.

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