The Head of State denounces to the UN Islamist fundamentalism in the DRC and on the continent

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Le Président Félix Tshisekedi à la tribune des Nations Unies

Kinshasa, September 22rd, 2021 (CPA).- The President of the Republic and current President of the African Union, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, denounced, in his speech delivered Tuesday at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York , the heavy price that Islamist fundamentalism makes pay the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the African continent.

« Jihadists who operate under cover of the FDLR and the Alied Democratic Forces / Madima at Tauheed wal Muwahedeen (ADF / MTM) movement are killing my compatriots and massively looting the mining and agricultural products of my country, » he lamented. in front of his counterparts, from the top of the United Nations podium.

For the Congolese Head of State and current president of the AU, the insecurity caused in the North-East of the country by these « cohorts of terrorists, armed groups, mercenaries and criminals of all stripes, for two decades » , is also undermining the African continent, attacking the institutional stability of its young democracies and annihilating the efforts of many African leaders.

 “Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Burkina-Faso regularly suffer deadly attacks from DAESH and Boko-Haram jihadists.

Since 2017, the North-East of Mozambique has been the victim of recurrent armed attacks by the jihadist Salafists of Ansar al-Sunnah which have already caused at least 2,600 deaths, ”said Félix Tshisekedi.

Africa, rear base for international terrorism

He also deplored the fact that in the Middle East, the fight against these Islamists has won, in Iraq and Syria, « indisputable victories », while in Africa, which has become a base for international terrorism, AQIM and

the other groups affiliated with DAESH are gaining more ground every day, carrying out deadly attacks and recurring raids.

“If the community of nations minimizes the danger posed by the spread of jihadism in Africa; if it does not adopt a comprehensive and effective strategy

to eradicate this scourge, the open wounds in the Saharan zone, in central and southern Africa, will continue to metastasize until they join together

become a real threat to international peace and security, « said the current president of the African Union.

The first of the Congolese then signaled, as a solution, that « to reflect the will and the fierce determination of the Congolese people and their leaders to actively participate in the eradication of terrorism, which destroys nations and increasingly spreads its tentacles in Africa”, the Democratic Republic of Congo joined, as 24th member, to the“ World Coalition against terrorism”. This, with a view to pooling forces against terrorism, « this common enemy », like certain African leaders such as those of the G5 Sahel.

“My country welcomes the decision taken by the meeting of the Coalition held in Rome on June 28, to create a working group on terrorism in Africa, ”he continued.

Previously, the President of the Republic praised on behalf of the Congolese people, in his grand oral, the bravery and commitment of Marshal Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and historic figure in the protection of Africa against terrorism, cowardly shot down last April by terrorists and mercenaries from Libya.