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After fighting Africa's "world war", Rwanda and DR Congo seek friendship

After fighting on opposite sides of what was dubbed Africa’s “first world war”, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are now working to normalise their relations, officials from both countries said in Kigali. The declarations were made after talks between the DRC Minister for Regional Cooperation Mbusa Nyamwisi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the latter’s office. “The idea is to normalize bilateral relations. We discussed a number of issues (including) the re-opening of embassies and diplomatic representations,” Kagame’s advisor on DRC, Richard Sezibera, told journalists after the meeting. “We also discussed what steps we can take in the security field … and also in the economic field,” he added. In 1998, Rwanda sent thousands of troops into the DRC to bolster a rebellion against then president Laurent Kabila in a war that drew in some half dozen states at its height. Rwandan forces were officially withdrawn a year ago. Full Story

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