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DRC, U.S. presidents to hold bilateral discussions
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21:58, October 23, 2007

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President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has left for the United States, where he is scheduled to hold discussions with his counterpart George W. Bush.

During the visit, Kabila, who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi, is expected to brief Bush on "the achievements of his government since he came into power after historic elections in 2006," the DRC foreign ministry said in a statement Monday.

Besides discussing security issues, reforms and economic development matters, the two leaders will review "the current situation and future challenges," according to the statement.

According to the Top Congo radio special correspondent in the United States, the DRC head of state is scheduled to start his visit in Arizona, where he is to meet with leading American investors and entrepreneurs in Illinois, home of Caterpillar, world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment.

Speaking of the visit on the Top Congo radio, Francois Elikya, a renowned political analyst and an expert in international relations, said that Washington was an important partner in the search for solutions to the numerous problems and challenges facing the DRC.

According to him, the Washington meeting is going to present Kabila with an excellent opportunity to directly raise various issues affecting the DRC with Bush, including the "arms embargo," which the DRC would like to see lifted in order to facilitate the purchase of modern arms to improve its security.

Source: Xinhua

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