DR Congo shuts embassy in Prague

23:40, January 07, 2011      

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has decided to close its embassy in Prague in the Czech Republic for budgetary reasons.

The decision to close the embassy was communicated to Czech Ambassador to DR Congo Jifi Bolezel by Congolese Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, who noted that the embassy affairs will be handled from Berlin, Germany.

The same fate will fall on DR Congo's embassy in Warsaw, Poland, which will be the next to be shut. Its work will be transferred to the Berlin embassy.

The head of the Congolese diplomacy reminded his guest that the decision to close DR Congo's embassy in Prague was taken by the Congolese government following the resolutions and recommendations of the 11th diplomatic conference held in Kinshasa on Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 2010. The conference resolved to reduce the country's embassies depending on the influence of their geographical location.

He reassured the Czech ambassador that DR Congo will not leave Prague before paying off all the debts accrued by embassy staff.

Source: Xinhua
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