The King of Belgium will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo in June, a first visit

In Kinshasa, the Office of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirms the announcement of the Royal Palace in Brussels: a visit by the King of the Belgians next June, at the invitation of Félix Tshisekedi. The press release from the Brussels Palace announces a one-week visit, between 7 and 13 June. King Philippe, Queen Mathilde will be accompanied by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and a delegation of entrepreneurs.

as reported from Brussels, Pierre Benazet

This will be a big event for Belgium. And in Brussels we are keeping our fingers crossed in a way, because this is already the fourth attempt to organize this royal trip.

The King of the Belgians’ primary intention was to travel to Kinshasa for the 60th anniversary of independence in 2020, ten years after King Albert II’s visit. But since then, everything has worked together to prevent this visit. First it was the pandemic, then the recent war in Ukraine, that forced a postponement of the trip planned for March.

This time, the King of Belgium will travel not only to Kinshasa, but also to Katanga, Lubumbashi and in Kivu, to Bukavu where a meeting with Dr. Denis Mukwege can be planned.

The press release from the Congolese Presidency calls for a journey that will mark the excellent relations between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It must be said that the election of Felix Tshisekedi as president marked the beginning of a new era in relations. This is also the case with the “deep remorse” expressed in 2020 by King Philippe for the “acts of violence and cruelty” committed in Congo during the colonial era.

Signs of the new attitude of the Kingdom of Belgium, the minister responsible for restoring the Congolese heritage will also be on the trip.

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