DRC President Warns of Potential War with Rwanda

The President of the Democratic People’s Republic of the Congo (DRC) has warned of the country’s possible war with its neighbor country, Rwanda.

In an interview with the British newspaper Financial Times, DRC President Félix Tshisekedi expressed that the possibility of his country going to war with Rwanda “cannot be ruled out.”

“If Rwanda’s provocation continues, we will not sit and do nothing about it. We are not weak,” said Tshisekedi.

Tshisekedi has previously accused Rwanda of supporting rebel groups in the Eastern part of the DRC, particularly the M23 rebel group.

Last month, a task force to dismantle rebel groups in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri was established by leaders of East African countries. 

However, Tshisekedi expressed that Rwanda “should not” be included in the task force.

Both the M23 rebel group and Rwandan president Paul Kagame refuted Tshisekedi’s allegations. 

Tshisekedi however, told Financial Times that he advised Kagame to be “sincere” in conversations and acknowledge that his administration supported M23 rebels, whose actions have destabilized the Eastern DRC.

Tshisekedi and Kagame are set to meet today in Angola to discuss the situation between their countries. 

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