Angola has announced its decision to send a contingent to support peacekeeping operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to a statement released by the Angolan presidency, this move was taken after consultations with Kinshasa and briefings to the United Nations and regional leaders. The main goal of the unit will be to secure cantonment areas of the M23 and to protect members of the team responsible for monitoring compliance with the ceasefire. The deployment still needs to be approved by the Angolan parliament. Angola has intervened in the DRC in the past- in the 1990s, they intervened alongside then-President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. The initiative is part of meetings on peace and security where Luanda plays the role of mediator, having appointed an Angolan general officer to head the verification mechanism during the July 2022 ICGLR summit.