US Secretary of State travels to Rwanda in testing moment for erstwhile ally

(MENAFN) Less than a week after it was revealed that United Nation investigators had discovered " solid evidence" that Rwanda has been meddling militarily in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Kigali.

Analysts in the region anticipate Blinken, who arrived on Wednesday night, to discreetly push pressure on Rwanda to end its alleged backing for the M23 rebel group without immediately enacting penalties or halting military aid, as the United States did in comparable circumstances in 2013.

According to a top-secret assessment sent last week to the United Nation Security Council, Rwandan forces have been fighting with the M23 rebels in Congo and that Kigali has been arming and supporting the organization since November.

Based on the Rwandan government, the M23 was Congo's fault and the United Nation conclusions, which were supported by witness testimony and drone photographs, were bogus.

Paul Kagame of Rwanda is a longtime friend of the United States, but Blinken told reporters on Tuesday in Kinshasa that he was extremely worried about " credible reports " that Rwanda had supported M23.


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