Senegal President Macky Sall and chair of the Africa Union organisation, on Sunday called for “calm and dialogue” between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
“I am gravely concerned about the rise in tension between Rwanda and the DRC,” Sall tweeted.
Sall appealed to the two countries “for calm and dialogue for a peaceful resolution of the crisis with the support of regional mechanisms and the African Union,” he added.
His plea came after both sides accused each other of supporting rebel groups operating along their shared border.
Earlier on Saturday, the DRC accused Rwanda of backing M23 rebel group, which last month resumed its campaign of violence in the volatile eastern Congo. It cited the rebels’ heavy firepower as evidence of outside support.
Congo also summoned Rwanda’s ambassador and suspended RwandAir flights to Congo.
Rwanda has denied this, calling the fighting an intra-Congolese conflict.