In November of the previous year, the East African Community (EAC), comprised of seven nations, dispatched troops to the volatile region due to the re-emergence of the M23 rebel group. This armed intervention aimed to address the ongoing violence and instability in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has long been plagued by numerous armed factions—a consequence of past regional conflicts during the 1990s and 2000s.
Following a summit held in Nairobi on Tuesday, East African leaders reached a consensus to prolong the mandate of the regional military force known as EACRF. Their decision means that the EACRF’s mission will now continue until December 8, pending an evaluation report. This extension signifies the commitment of the East African nations to maintaining peace and security in the tumultuous eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.