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President Kiir embarks on EAC regional tour of peace to calm tensions between Rwanda and DR Congo

President Kiir sets out on a peace mission across the East African Community, aiming to ease tensions between Rwanda and DR Congo amidst escalating conflicts in the region.

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President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC), this morning travelled to Rwanda on a one-day working visit aimed at engaging leaders to discuss ways of ending growing tensions amongst the member states.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Lily Adhieu Martin Manyiel, the President will also proceed to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively, to meet the leaders to settle their disputes amicably.


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President Kiir’s visit comes as tension escalates in the Great Lakes region after DR Congo accused Rwanda of supporting M23 rebels in the Eastern DRC. Rwanda denies supporting the M23 rebels.

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For the past few weeks, thousands of civilians have fled their homes in eastern DR Congo as M23 rebels advance near Goma, the regional capital of North Kivu Province.

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