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Angola Parliament Approves Deployment of 500 Soldiers in DRC

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A contingent of 500 Angolan troops is scheduled for deployment in DRC’s troubled Eatern region.

On Friday, the Angolan Parliament authorized the deployment of a military contingent in eastern DRC to support peace operations there, thus approving the draft resolution of the Angolan Presidency.

According to the Angolan government, this contingent is made up of about 500 soldiers, including a battalion of the Angolan Armed Forces (AAF) and their components.

These soldiers will be provided with financial means estimated at U$22,319,432.

According to an official communiqué by Angolan Presidency, this deployment will be carried out within the framework of the ad hoc Mechanism of verification entrusted to Angola by the DRC and Rwanda.

During a press briefing Monday, March 13 in Kinshasa, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula specified that the mission of this Angolan military contingent is to ensure the implementation of the plan for the withdrawal of M23 fighters.

Angolan President João Lourenço also chairs the International Conference for the Greatlakes Region.

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