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Belgian diplomat hails bilateral relations with DRC
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21:33, June 03, 2008

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The bilateral cooperation agreements signed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Belgium in 2002 are intended to foster an enhanced and privileged partnership between the two countries, the local press has reported.

Addressing reporters Monday, Freddy Jacquet, delegate of the French-speaking community in Belgium, said that "these agreements, which marked the resumption of cooperation between Brussels and Kinshasa, after it was suspended following the fall of former President Mobutu (Sese Seko), had been materialized through remarkable projects."

These projects include the establishment of the Center for Research and Documentation at the University of Kinshasa or the digital campus and even the establishment of a tropical agro-veterinary center, said the Belgian diplomat who is in the DRC foran official visit.

At the same time, Jacquet has welcomed "the sense of responsibility and maturity that has been displayed by the people of the DRC in freely and democratically electing their leaders and allowing the establishment of new institutions in the country."

Commenting on the progress that has been achieved by the country, the Belgian official indicated that, in this respect, he had confidence in the ability of the DRC government and President Josef Kabila to find conditions to ensure a better life for the country and its people.

Elsewhere, Guy Sevrin, Belgian consular general in Katanga, southeastern DRC, has expressed his disappointment after the country decided to order the closure of the Belgium consulate at Lubumbashi, according to reliable sources.

According to reliable sources, the provincial authorities in Katanga, had during the meeting, issued the Belgian diplomat an official central government notification closing the consular with immediate effect.


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