Didier Reynders meets his Congolese counterpart Leonard She Okitundu in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Didier Reynders & Leonard She Okitundu

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders had a working lunch at the Belgian residence in Abidjan with Leonard She Okitundu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who since Monday is taking part in the preparatory meetings for the summit between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in Ivory Coast.

During the AU-EU ministerial meeting today, they discussed as planned the preparations of the AU-EU summit and the challenges for the relations between Africa and Europe.

On the occasion of the opening of the new Belgian embassy in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, Minister Reynders has stressed that our country wants to reinforce the relations and the dialogue between the two populations. He has invited his Congolese counterpart and the Congolese minister in charge of Development Cooperation to Brussels for reviewing the bilateral cooperation with the Belgian government. During the coming weeks, experts will prepare this meeting.

Didier Reynders also reiterated that Belgium maintains its position on free and fair elections and on the necessity of specifying the commitments to the calendar and the electoral process.