DRC's Tshisekedi prioritising diplomacy to iron out issues with Rwanda over insecurity in Eastern Congo, says war will be his last resort.

    DRC President Félix Tshisekedi has said he is prioritising diplomacy to iron out issues with neighboring Rwanda over the insecurity in eastern Congo, adding that war will be his last resort.

    “War will only be considered as an ultimate solution should diplomacy fail,” said Tshisekedi while meeting the Congolese community living in the United Kingdom.

    This meeting took place on October 19 in a hotel in the center of the British capital, London.

    ChimpReports has learned that during the meeting, many Congolese asked Tshisekedi to declare war on Rwanda, which Kinshasa accuses of helping M23 rebels – a claim Kigali denies.

    The Congolese said by being very diplomatic, Tshisekedi had given Rwanda reason to continue interfering in DRC’s internal affairs.

    Tshisekedi started with a presentation of the country’s global situation, followed by an explanation of the reasons why, so far, he favors the diplomatic approach to solve the situation in the east of the country.

    The President, who faces an election next year, urged the Congolese diaspora to “advocate the DRC’s cause to authorities in their country of residence and to explain the reality of the aggression unjustly suffered by the DRC.”

    Rwandan President Paul Kagame recently met with Tshisekedi in New York, U.S., where they agreed to de-escalate the tension between their two neighboring countries.

    Both parties agreed “to sustainably intensify their cooperation to fight against impunity and put an end to the action of armed groups in the Great Lakes region, including the FDLR … and obtain the withdrawal of the M23 rebels from Bunagana.”

    The rebels have since refused to vacate Bunagana and it appears both countries are yet to make any headway in restoring their relations.

    Meanwhile, representatives of the Congolese diaspora also expressed their wish to participate in the 2023 elections.

    The President said he would convey their grievances to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in charge of organizing next year’s presidential and legislative elections.

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