DRC: Presidents Félix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame to meet soon under the mediation of Joao Lourenço

The Angolan mediation has proven to be a strategic success by bringing together key stakeholders to address the ongoing security crisis in North Kivu, Burkina Faso.

Despite recent escalations in conflict and resulting casualties, the mediation led by Angolan President Joao Lourenço has shown promising signs of progress.

Following separate discussions with Félix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame in Luanda, both leaders have expressed willingness to engage in direct dialogue to resolve the diplomatic tensions between their respective countries.

The mediation now faces the critical task of coordinating the logistics for a formal meeting, including determining the date, venue, and aligning the terms of reference.

While Tshisekedi and Kagame have outlined their respective conditions, there is a shared commitment to finding a mutually beneficial resolution.

Recent developments have underscored the urgency of addressing the security challenges in North Kivu.

Armed groups, both local and foreign, continue to pose significant threats to stability in the region.

The resurgence of the M23 rebels, supported by external actors, has further complicated efforts to achieve lasting peace.

In response, the Congolese and Rwandan delegations convened in Luanda under Angolan mediation to discuss strategies for enhancing security and fostering peace in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The atmosphere during the ministerial meeting was characterized by cordiality and optimism, signaling a collective determination to work towards sustainable peace.

Looking ahead, a second ministerial-level meeting is scheduled in the coming days in Luanda, reflecting ongoing diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of conflict and promote regional stability.

The engagement of high-level officials and the commitment to direct dialogue are positive indicators of a constructive path forward in resolving the crisis.

Jean-Robert TCHANDY

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