US SECRETARY OF STATE ARRIVES IN RWANDA AMID ROW OVER M23 REBELS

August 11, 2022

THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, MR ANTONY BLINKEN, HAS ARRIVED IN RWANDA ON A HIGHLY-AWAITED VISIT FOR TALKS ON THE COUNTRY'S ALLEGED SUPPORT TO M23 REBELS, OPERATING IN NEIGHBORING DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.


MR BLINKEN IS ALSO EXPECTED TO PRESSURE KIGALI TO RELEASE PAUL RUSESABAGINA, THE SUBJECT OF OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM HOTEL RWANDA, WHOM THE US GOVERNMENT SAYS IS WRONGFULLY DETAINED IN RWANDA.


MR RUSESABAGINA WAS SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR TERRORISM BY A RWANDAN COURT LAST YEAR, IN WHAT SUPPORTERS CALLED A SHAM TRIAL.


THE US STATE DEPARTMENT DISCLOSED THAT IN KIGALI, MR BLINKEN WILL MEET WITH RWANDAN LEADERS AND CIVIL SOCIETY MEMBERS ON A RANGE OF KEY ISSUES.


RWANDA HAS DENIED SUPPORTING THE M23 AND THE REBELS DENY CLAIMS THEY FOUGHT ALONGSIDE RWANDAN TROOPS.