AA / Dakar / Alioune Ndiaye
Senegalese President Macky Sall expressed his concern on Sunday about the rising tension between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, calling for a return to calm and the establishment of a dialogue between the two countries to peacefully resolve the ongoing crisis.
“I am gravely concerned by the rising tension between Rwanda and the DRC. I call on the two countries for calm and dialogue for the peaceful resolution of the crisis with the support of regional mechanisms and the African Union,” Sall said, in his capacity as AU chairperson.
Relations between the two countries have deteriorated sharply in recent days with the resurgence of attacks by the armed group M23 on Congolese territory.
Kinshasa accuses Rwanda of incursion into its territory to support these armed groups.
Kigali, for its part, accuses its neighbor of collaborating with the rebel group “Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)”.
On Saturday, Kinshasa announced the capture of two Rwandan soldiers in eastern DR Congo where the Congolese forces are struggling with the M 23 rebels. elements of the FDLR.
“We call on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo who are working closely with these genocidal armed groups to obtain the release of the RDF soldiers,” the Rwandan defense ministry said in a statement.
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