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Belgian King Philippe Calls For an End to Conflict In East DRC

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Belgian King Philippe has called on the international community to help resolve the deadly conflict taking place in the East of the DRC.

In his message on Belgian National Day the King said that Congolese people have great expectations of his kingdom, has invited the nations of the world to work together to help the DRC “to progress towards greater security, justice and democracy”.

This appeal is the response to the numerous pleas presented to the King during his visit, accompanied by the Queen, to Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Bukavu.

Referring to his last historic trip to the country, the Belgian Sovereign said: “During our trip to Congo, we were able to turn an important page in our common history with the DRC. Things have been said, strong actions have been taken. Having a peaceful look at our common past allows us to build projects for the future together”.

To do this, he said he was reassured by Belgian development cooperation, its diplomacy and its army “which are doing an excellent job”.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz of Belgium had recently arrived in the DRC, at the invitation of the President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, for an official visit from June 7 to 13, 2022.

This official visit had responded to that which the Congolese President had made, from September 15 to 19, 2019 in Belgium.