Paris embarrassed by presence of French veterans in eastern DRC
At least three French former officers now working in the private sector are providing logistical support to the Congolese army in the east - a source of embarrassment at the highest levels of the French state.
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Shadowy security chiefs advise Kagame on eastern DRC strategy
A small group of senior security officials are providing the Rwandan president with assessments of the threat just across the border in eastern DRC, where a major crisis sparked by the resurgence of the M23 rebels shows no sign of abating.
Tshisekedi and Kagame clash over M23 at African Union
At the recent session of the AU Peace and Security Council, the DRC president adopted an aggressive stance as he urged his peers to unreservedly condemn Rwanda's interference in the east of his country and its support for the M23 rebel group, but his tone and language were not universally welcomed.
Finance and security, the main vehicles of Kagame's diplomacy
For several years President Paul Kagame has been trying to strengthen Rwanda's position on the continental and international scene via two of the country's key sectors: finance and the army. The teams at Kigali International Financial Center (KIFC) have been travelling abroad more regularly, with a view to making the city Africa's financial hub.
Finance central to Ruto-Kagame rapprochement
A delegation of Kenyan financiers and government officials paid a discreet visit to the Rwandan capital earlier this month with a view to drawing inspiration from the two-year-old Kigali International Financial Centre. The idea is to revive Nairobi's financial attractiveness on the regional scene.
Paris and Kigali discreetly strengthen intelligence ties
The head of French military intelligence, Jacques Langlade de Montgros, is due in Kigali in the near future to further promote intelligence cooperation between the two countries. Underway since 2021, this rapprochement has encountered a certain degree of resistance on the French side.