Entertainment in Kinshasa, Anthony Blinken defends the territorial integrity of the DRC

07:40  10 august  2022
07:40  10 august  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

is from the DRC: Mukwege criticizes the "diplomacy" of President Tshisekedi

 is from the DRC: Mukwege criticizes the © Behrouz Mehri Denis Mukwege in Tokyo on October 3, 2019 Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize 2018, Denis Mukwege, expressed his Fears on the security situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, believing that the "diplomacy" of President Félix Tshisekedi contributes to "aggravation of instability".

Anthony Blinken et le ministre des Affaires étrangères Christophe Lutundula en conférence de presse à Kinshasa, le 9 août 2022. © Reuters - Pool Anthony Blinken and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Christophe Lutundula at a press conference in Kinshasa, August 9, 2022.

after his stay in Africa of the Africa South, Antony Blinken arrived in the DRC Tuesday August 9 at the end of the afternoon. The head of American diplomacy exchanged in the process with President Félix Tshisekedi on several subjects including that of tensions between Kinshasa and Kigali, with the backdrop of the activism of the rebel group M23 in the east of the country. The two men also spoke for a long time of the recently auctioned oil blocks by the Congolese government.

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 RDC -Rwanda: A new meeting in Angola to end the © AFP - Simon Wohlfahrt Paul Kagame tensions welcomes Félix Tshisekedi at the Rubavu border post in Rwanda, June 25, 2021 (illustration image). A new meeting took place in Luanda, Angolan capital, Wednesday and Thursday to start the de -escalation process between the DRC and Rwanda after months of tension. Following the tripartite DRC-Rwanda-Angola of July 6, the Congolese and Rwandan delegates had decided to relaunch the permanent mixed commission DRC-Rwanda.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi

without openly condemning Kigali, that the Congolese government as well as the United Nations experts accuse of supporting the M23, the American Secretary of State shared his country's concerns: "We are concerned about this United Nations report which indicates that Rwanda supported M23. We call on each party in this region to be able to stop any support for M23, all support to all other non -state armed groups. »

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without openly speaking of aggression, he spoke in favor of the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the DRC and A Bringing her support for diplomatic efforts made by Angola and Kenya for de -escalation between Kinshasa and Kigali: “We will invest ourselves in order to protect civilians. We therefore want to endorse the cooperation that the DRC must lead with its neighbors. This is what I will note when I go to see the other leaders of this sub-region. "

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The other major subject of exchanges was the question of the oil and gas blocks auction, by the DRC, some of which are in sensitive and/or protected areas. Antony Blinken has announced the establishment of a working group that will look at this issue.

"Some of its resources are irreplaceable, which cannot be damaged. On the other hand, it must be reassured that the necessary support can be granted to the DRC to preserve the forests that the country is full of and to create opportunities for the Congolese population, "he said.

This Wednesday, the American Secretary of State will meet other personalities including members of civil society.

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RDC -Rwanda tensions are invited to the opening of the 42nd SADC .
© Jerome Delay AP - RFI President Félix Tshisekedi & President Paul Kagame Félix Tshisekedi took on Wednesday, August 17, the head of the Development Community of Southern Africa (SADC). The Congolese president succeeded Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, the president of Malawi, during the 42nd ordinary summit of the heads of state and government of the SADC, in Kinshasa. During the event, the dissensions between the DRC and Rwanda appeared again. Kinshasa still accuses Kigali of supporting the M23.

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