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DR Congo Hosts Great Lakes Regional Summit

DR Congo Hosts Great Lakes Regional Summit

A virtual summit of countries in the Great Lakes region is expected to take place on Wednesday following several postponements amid rising diplomatic tensions.

Rwanda declined to participate in the summit initially planned for 14 September after the Democratic Republic of Congo summoned its envoy for allegedly downplaying his country’s role in 1998 killings in the eastern region of Kasiki.

DR Congo’s politicians and activists called for the envoy’s expulsion.

Burundi skipped the meeting, saying senior officials in the country had a “busy agenda”.

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