Macron Hosts Rwanda, DR Congo Leaders on Tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron has hosted the Democratic Republic of Congo’s President and Rwandan President, Paul Kagame on the tension between their countries.

Macron hosted the two leaders on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

France 24, owned by the French government quoted the French President as saying he hopes to “intensify lasting co-operation to fight impunity and put an end to activities of armed groups in the Great Lakes region,”

DR Congo had accused the Rwandan government of supporting M23 rebels to wreak havoc in the country’s eastern region, but revealed on Wednesday that both nations have now agreed to fight the rebels as a unit.

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In a tweet on Wednesday, they agreed to fight the rebels and get them withdrawn from areas currently occupied.

Kagame had spoken at the General Assembly and said apportioning blames will not help save the situation.

While he said a regional response to the tensions in DR Congo looks like a workable plan, he added that there’s the need for international support to ensure its success.

Kagame said a regional response will “require consistent financial support from the international community”.

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