Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has expressed his desire to see “France being much more present in Africa” in a press conference held yesterday following talks in Paris in which French leader, Macron has told Felix Tshisekedi that France would support DR Congo in the fight against armed groups in the vast central African country’s troubled East.
“France is fully engaged at the side of DRC to fight armed groups which are destabilizing the country” CGTN quoted Macron as saying.
Among others, Dr. Congo is currently confronting the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), originally from Uganda. Since independence, the mineral-rich nation has never known peace.
“The Democratic Republic of Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest”, renown historian Dan Snow, wrote.
The increase presences of foreign military bases in the continent of Africa and activities of imperialist powers have raised many questions with many suspecting it as an attempt for the continuous exploitation of the continent’s wealth. See Djibouti Tops list of African Countries Hosting European, Chinese, and American Military Troops
DR Congo is believed to be the mineral richest country on earth. Copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil are just some of the minerals that DR Congo is blessed with. DR Congo: Cursed by its natural wealth
This latest “offer” by France is likely to attract criticism within the continent.
Macron did not give details of how France will engage in the trouble DR Congo but did stress that the “military dimension” involving “intelligence” will be a focal consideration.