Zaire and the Congo People's Republic are holding further meetings to strengthen trade and cultural ties between the two states.
GV Boat with Zaire officials aboard, approaching jetty
SV PAN Congolese officials waiting for arrivals (2 shots)
SV Zaire Commissioners stepping off boat and being greeted (2 shots)
Diplomatic relations were formally restored on December 15, 1970 but less than a year later, President Mobutu of Zaire declared the Congolese Charge d' Affaires in Kinshasa persona non grata and recalled diplomatic representatives from Brazzaville. Soon afterwards the remaining staff of the Congolese Embassy in Kinshasa were expelled after allegations of "subversive activities" against the Mobutu government. Following diplomatic moves by foreign countries, however, President Mobutu ended radio propaganda against Brazzaville in September 1971 and a year later embassies were re-opened in the two capitals. At the same time joint communiques announced that the two countries would negotiate new economic, cultural and trade agreements and resume traffic across the River Congo.
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Background: Zaire and the Congo People's Republic are holding further meetings to strengthen trade and cultural ties between the two states. The neighbouring countries have a past history of stormy relations but since 1972, they have been endeavouring to improve links.
SYNOPSIS: The first meeting of a joint Zaire-Congo Commission was held in August 1972. A second meeting was held in May 1974. And this week, the third session got under way, with the arrival of Zaire's Minister of Trade, Mr. Kawata, in Brazzaville (10 April), at the head of a strong delegation. His party was welcomed to the Congo by Foreign Minister, Theophile Ombenga, who spoke of the Congo's strong interest in achieving full cooperation with Zaire. Mr. Kawata responded by stressing his determination to see the Commission's work crowned with success. During the latest talks, experts from both countries are examining documents on the movement of people and goods between both states and on trade, telecommunications, transport, energy and cultural links.