Kigali, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – October 30, 2022): Rwanda “noted with regret” on Sunday the decision of the Democratic Republic of Congo to expel its ambassador as relations between Central African neighbors deteriorated.
Authorities in Kinshasa announced on Saturday they were expelling Rwandan envoy Vincent Karega as M23 rebels they accuse of backing Kigali made further gains in troubled eastern Congo.
“It is regrettable that the DRC government continues to scapegoat Rwanda to cover up and distract from its own governance and security failures,” Kigali said in a statement, adding that Rwandan forces on its border with the DRC were on high alert.
The latest advance by rebel fighters has prompted the UN peacekeeping mission to raise its “troop alert level” and step up support for the army.
DRC government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said that in recent days “a massive influx of elements” from Rwanda “to support M23 terrorists” against DRC troops had been observed.
But Rwanda denied supporting the militia and accused its neighbor of military escalation.
“The continued collusion between the Congolese armed forces and the FDLR and their attempts to target the border area with heavy weapons is of particular concern,” he said, referring to a Rwandan Hutu rebel group based in the DRC.
Relations between the two countries have been strained since the massive arrival in eastern DRC of Rwandan Hutus accused of having massacred Tutsis during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
Kinshasa has regularly accused Rwanda of carrying out incursions into its territory and supporting armed groups there. Kigali denied any involvement.