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DRC: Christophe Lutundula relies on development diplomacy

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Making diplomacy a pillar and an instrument of the country’s development is one of the new main lines of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s foreign policy. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula Apala, returned from Washington to the United States, on the main axes of diplomacy set by the President of the Republic, Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

During an interview with Top Congo FM, Friday, September 24, 2021, the head of Congolese diplomacy explained the major diplomatic options defined by the Head of State and dedicated in the government’s program.

« The first option: development diplomacy, which has the sole objective of making diplomacy the pillar and instrument of the country’s development… All our actions in our dealings with other states must aim for one goal: to provide our country with the resources it needs to exploit its natural resources for the benefit of its people,” he said.

As part of this development diplomacy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs is committed to ensuring that the DRC develops constructive, win-win partnerships that bring well-being to the population.

According to Christophe Lutundula, the second axis of the new foreign policy is the diplomatic opening of the DRC. In this regard, he suggested that no partner would be privileged to the detriment of another.

The third option is participation in African and global leadership. In this regard, the country of Félix Tshisekedi hears from everyone. It also relies on the good neighbourhood policy.

« We are at the SADC, at the CEAC… We do everything to be useful to Africa and live well with our neighbours. The strongest initiative is to share projects”, said the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs.