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Rwanda says US aid decision based on flawed information

Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo said today that the United States or any other donor nation is entitled to dispense or withhold support and will do so according to its own political and policy imperatives.

Minister Mushikiwabo was responding to media reports that the US had decided against proceeding with $200,000 in military aid to the RDF in light of recent accusations of Rwandan involvement in the eastern DRC.

“While we respect the rights of any development partner, at the same time we must make clear to our friends in Washington and elsewhere that this decision is based on bad information, and is wrong on the facts. As we have made clear from the outset, Rwanda is neither the cause nor the enabler of instability in the eastern DRC."

Minister Mushikiwabo pointed out that Rwandan officials are meeting with the UN Group of Experts in Kigali next week to discuss the Group’s interim findings on the current eastern DRC conflict as outlined in a recent report to the UN Security Council.

“We will go through each allegation contained in the interim report and debunk them line by line. We will present our rebuttal to our development partners, including the United States. In the meantime, we will focus on the Joint Verification Mechanism with the DRC and will work with regional partners to implement a new border patrol initiative. Peace in the eastern DRC is the outcome desired by all parties, none more so than Rwanda.”


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