Belgian PM to the rescue
As relations with Congo continue to worsen, the prime minister has phoned several leading figures in the Congolese administration including Premier Gizenga.28 May 2008
BELGIUM - Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme has phoned Kinshasa following Congo's decision to recall its ambassador for consultations.
The Congolese are unhappy with the criticism levelled against their administration by the Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht.
In an interview on Sunday, De Gucht said that Belgium had the moral right to speak out when it believes matters are going the wrong way in the country.
The prime minister phoned several leading figures in the Congolese administration including Premier Gizenga. More phone calls to Kinshasa have not been ruled out.
Leterme is trying to improve relations as Congo is demanding the closure of two Belgian consulates in the country in Lubumbashi and Bukavu.
For the time being work continues as normal at the Belgian consulates in Congo.
The Congolese also plan to close down their consulate in Antwerp in northern Belgium.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]