Kagame and Blinken discuss DRC conflict
Rwandan President Kagame has had a productive call with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Monday to discuss the deterioration of the security situation in Eastern DRC, as well as the need for de-escalation of hostilities and a political resolution to the conflict.
During the talks, Kagame reiterated Rwanda’s firm support for the ongoing regional processes to bring peace and stability to DRC and the region.
The Secretary relayed U.S. advocacy for a diplomatic solution to the tensions between the two countries and request for each side to take measures to de-escalate the situation.
These discussions follow the last one in August this year which was also held over the phone.
They discussed while currently in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the fighting between the M23 group and the Congolese State Forces, the FDLR, Wazalendo, and the white marcenaries continues.
Clashes have broken out around the villages of Kibumba, Bwiza, Kitshanga and Kwitabi, M23 rebel spokesperson Major Willy Ngoma, said on Monday.
The RwandaSun news confirms that the fighting is taking place a few kilometers away from the city of Goma.
The M23 group says that they do not have a plan to take the city of Goma, that they want peace talks and that they would defend themselves and respond to the attacks that are being carried out, with the aim of protecting the people.
The DRC for months has accused Rwanda of supporting an M23 armed rebel group , that’s fighting in the DRC’s east.
The Rwandan government has denied supporting M23 and says the accusations are part of a “tired old blame game” undermining efforts for peace, “to which Rwanda is fully committed”.
Local armed groups and FDLR created the “Congolese Patriotic Resistants” network, which fought M23 alongside FARDC coordinated by senior FARDC officers, who supported the armed groups with logistics, military equipment, and financing.
THE RWANDA SUN