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Leaders of the East African Community meet in Sharm El Sheikh to discuss the security situation in the DRC

The presidents of Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda as well as the prime minister of the DRC have had a High-Level Consultative meeting in Egypt to discuss the security situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The meeting was held in in Shamar El Sheikh, Egypt,on the sidelines of the meeting of United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP-27).

The talks led by the current Chairman of the East African Community, President of Burundi Evariste Ndayishimiye, comes after his talks with the mediator in the process of peace talks in eastern Congo, the former president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, held in Bujumbura last week.

This is happening while the tension continues to rise between the DRC and Rwanda as each side accuses the other of supporting its opponents.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo accuses Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels who recently captured some areas in eastern Congo, while Rwanda accuses the DRC of supporting a group of Rwanda fighters of the FDLR, who are accused of carrying out attacks in areas close to the border inside Rwanda. Each side denies the allegations.

On Monday, Rwanda accused the DRC of sending its military aircraft into Rwanda and condemned the act as an act of aggression. The DRC admitted to importing the plane, but said it had no malicious intent.

Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya have sent their forces to eastern Congo to deal with the rebel groups that have been destabilizing security in the area for nearly three decades.

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