Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Democratic Republic of Congo leader Felix Tshisekedi conversed on Wednesday amid an upsurge in violence in eastern DRC, according to an AFP correspondent.
Kagame’s office announced in a tweet Wednesday that he was in Luanda to “discuss the security situation in eastern DRC.”
TOS NEWS reported on Tuesday that Angola would on Wednesday host an attempt at mediation between the presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and neighbouring Rwanda.
It is the first time the two presidents will meet face-to-face since the “resurgence of violence,” a statement from Tshisekedi’s office said on Tuesday.
The two countries have been at loggerheads following increased attacks that have claimed dozens of lives and displaced tens of thousands of civilians in the DRC’s volatile east.
Weeks of violence have grown into a diplomatic faceoff between the DRC and its neighbour Rwanda.
The row centres on a resurgent Congolese Tutsi militia called the M23.
One of more than 120 armed groups active in eastern DRC, the M23 briefly captured the city of Goma in North Kivu in 2012 before being crushed in a joint offensive by UN troops and the Congolese army.
The M23 took up arms again last November after accusing the Congolese government of failing to respect a 2009 agreement under which the army was to incorporate its fighters.