Presidents of DR Congo, Rwanda may soon meet to discuss peace

The presidents of DR Congo and Rwanda may meet “very soon” for talks to establish peace in the unrest-hit eastern DR Congo, Angola announced Thursday.

Angola has been mediating the conflict in North Kivu, eastern DRC, where Rwanda-backed M23 rebels have fought DRC forces since late 2021.

The M23 has seized vast territories over the past years, nearly encircling Goma, the North Kivu capital, killing many and displacing hundreds of thousands.

To end the unrest, diplomatic efforts have aimed to bring Rwanda’s President Kagame and DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi together for months.

On Thursday, Angola’s President Lourenco, visiting Ivory Coast, mentioned ongoing ministerial negotiations to arrange a direct meeting between the two leaders to discuss achieving lasting peace.

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