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Kenya-DRC Relations Improve as Diplomatic Tensions Ease

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Ayize claire

May 13, 2024

The tensions,which led Kenya Airways to suspend its flights to the DRC

The tensions, which led Kenya Airways to suspend its flights to the DRC, began to ease after the airline staff were released and flights resumed. The Thursday meeting, which included key officials from both nations, concluded with a series of agreements expected to bolster trade and cooperation.
President William Ruto of Kenya and his counterpart Felix Tshisekedi of Congo

In a significant diplomatic development, relations between Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are on the mend following a high-level meeting in Kinshasa.


President William Ruto of Kenya sent Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi with a special message to DRC President Felix Tshisekedi, aiming to resolve a year-long standoff exacerbated by the detention of two Kenya Airways staff.


The tensions, which led Kenya Airways to suspend its flights to the DRC, began to ease after the airline staff were released and flights resumed. The Thursday meeting, which included key officials from both nations, concluded with a series of agreements expected to bolster trade and cooperation.


Mudavadi, who also serves as Kenya’s Foreign Affairs minister, praised President Tshisekedi's role in amicably settling the dispute and expressed optimism for strengthened bilateral relations.


This thawing of relations marks a hopeful chapter in Nairobi and Kinshasa's partnership, enhancing connectivity and economic ties between the two capitals.

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