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The United States is calling for a de-escalation between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo

To avert a full-fledged battle, the leaders of the East African Community just yesterday opted on peace talks.

Another war would be counterproductive to the progress and development that these nations so sorely need in the region given the recent war in Tigray.

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Since the two engaged countries have economic relations with their neighbors, there is also the issue of widespread diplomatic stress in the subcontinent. This is demonstrated by the fact that Kenya has already sent troops to the DRC to protect Kenyan properties there. Story available here.

The engagement of the United States, which has openly indicated interest in increasing its investment choices in the East African region, is the most recent chapter in this drama.

Following a meeting he had with Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on the fringes of the G20 Summit in Bali, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Rwanda “to take efforts to encourage de-escalation.”

On Twitter, he announced, “I had an important meeting today on the fringes of my G20 meetings in Bali with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta. I emphasized how very concerned the United States is about the ongoing violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and urged Rwanda to take proactive measures to encourage de-escalation.

The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs noted in response, “Thank you Secretary Blinken for the good meeting. I reiterated Rwanda’s commitment to the regional Nairobi and Luanda mechanisms to bring peace and stability to eastern DRC and the region, and the need for all concerned parties to work towards a political solution to the crisis.”

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