Zaire and the Congo People's Republic are holding further meetings to strengthen trade and cultural ties between the two states.
Zaire and the Congo People's Republic are holding further meetings to strengthen trade and cultural ties between the two states. The neighbouring countries have a past history of stormy relations but since 1972, they have been endeavouring to improve links.
SYNOPSIS: The first meeting of a joint Zaire-Congo Commission was held in August 1972. A second meeting was held in May 1974. And this week, the third session got under way, with the arrival of Zaire's Minister of Trade, Mr. Kawata, in Brazzaville (10 April), at the head of a strong delegation. His party was welcomed to the Congo by Foreign Minister, Theophile Ombenga, who spoke of the Congo's strong interest in achieving full cooperation with Zaire. Mr. Kawata responded by stressing his determination to see the Commission's work crowned with success. During the latest talks, experts from both countries are examining documents on the movement of people and goods between both states and on trade, telecommunications, transport, energy and cultural links.