The US-Africa summit is over. Alongside issues related to the relationship between the world’s leading power and the African continent, several other sub-regional issues were on the agenda, such as the tension between Kinshasa and Kigali. The DRC, for its part, came to these meetings with a familiar agenda: to gain greater pressure from the United States on Paul Kagame, accused of supporting and arming M23.
With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi
Felix Tshisekedi spoke directly to Joe Biden about this issue. The Congolese authorities speak of a positive balance and welcome the latest media announcements from US leaders. On Thursday, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken publicly called on Rwanda to ” use his influence on the movement that Kinshasa describes as a “terrorist group” to speed up the peace process in the province of North Kivu.
Félix Tshisekedi himself piloted the various meetings and also secured the support of Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Senate. Undercover, advisers to the Congolese president are cautious and say they are waiting for the results on the ground. This very terrain was yesterday, Friday, December 16, characterized by the resumption of clashes after ten days of relative calm between the M23 and the Congolese army.
The issue was also political. Especially expected regarding the issue of the electoral process, Felix Tshisekedi wanted to reassure Joe Biden and his administration about respect for the electoral process. He promised that his government will fully finance the organization of the elections scheduled for the end of 2023. Regarding the humanitarian aspects of the crisis, the Congolese head of state met with Samantha Power, administrator of the US Agency for International Development. His following confirms that commitments have been made to more meaningful intervention with disaster-affected populations.
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