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DRC thanks SA for M23 intervention

The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila thanks South Africa for its role in defeating the M23 rebels in Goma, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Sunday.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane returned from a working visit to Goma, in the DRC on Sunday, department spokesman Clayson Monyela said.

She had gone on behalf of President Jacob Zuma to renew ties between SA and the DRC.

"During her meeting with President Kabila Kabange, the Minister reaffirmed South Africa's commitment to the consolidation of peace in the Great Lakes Region," Monyela said.

"President Kabila thanked South Africa for its contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and especially the intervention brigade, who played a pivotal role in defeating the M23 and bringing peace to the Eastern DRC."

The intervention brigade comprises of Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania.

Nkoana-Mashabane also visited the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers stationed in Goma and at Sake Base, Monyela said.

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