DR Congo Agrees To Release 2 Rwandan Soldiers In Custody

President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to free two Rwandan soldiers after a meeting with Angolan President, Joao Lourenco.

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has agreed to release two Rwandan soldiers it captured in its territory as tension mounts between the two neighbouring countries.

Angolan President, Joao Lourenco, announced this decision on Tuesday, May 31, after he held talks with President Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo.

“At the demand of his Angolan colleague, Mr Tshisekedi has accepted to free two Rwandan soldiers recently captured in DR Congo territory,” the office of the Angolan president announced.

“This measure is destined to help reduce tensions between the two countries.”

The Angolan leader had a virtual conversation with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

Following the talks, the Rwandan and DR Congo leaders agreed to meet face-to-face in the Angolan capital, Luanda, later. 

A diplomatic row between Rwanda and DR Congo has intensified within the past few days, with the two countries trading accusations of aiding armed militia in the restive eastern DR Congo, which borders Rwanda.

Rwanda last week accused the DR Congo armed forces of firing rockets on its territory. The Rwanda Government said combatants of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a rebel group active in the eastern DR Congo, abducted its soldiers.

DR Congo, on its part, declared on Sunday, May 29, 2022, that the two Rwandan soldiers had penetrated its territory before being captured.

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