President Macron Holds Talks With East Africa Leaders

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French President Emmanuel Macron has met the leaders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo amid tensions.

This comes following rebel activity near their common border.

The three leaders met on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Report says the leaders want to “intensify lasting co-operation to fight impunity and put an end to activities of armed groups in the Great Lakes region,”

The Congolese presidency tweeted they had agreed to work together for M23 rebels to withdraw from occupied areas “as soon as possible” and for displaced people to return.

The meeting came moments after Rwandan President Paul Kagame told the General Assembly that “blame game doesn’t solve problems.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Kagame supported a regional initiative to end the resurgence of fighting in eastern DR Congo but said it would “require consistent financial support from the international community.”

In his address to the General Assembly, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi denounced Rwanda’s support for M23 rebels.

Rwanda has consistently denied supporting the group.

The rebel group has controlled parts of DR Congo’s Northern Province since June.

 

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