Signature in Istanbul of a headquarters agreement between Kinshasa and Ankara

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Kinshasa, May 16th, 2022 (CPA).-Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, signed a headquarters agreement in Istanbul on Friday to further strengthen ties between the DRC and Turkey. The Turkish minister, after a private meeting with the Congolese statesman, thanked the latter for the trip to Istanbul, proof, according to him, of the particular interest that the DRC attaches relations between the two countries, before commending the efforts deployed by the President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi for the establishment of peace, particularly in the eastern part of the country.

Turkey, he said, is ready to support the process started in Nairobi, adding that in terms of security, his country intends to send a delegation in the framework of military cooperation around mid-June. The Turkish statesman also announced on this occasion the reduction of the visa price for Congolese wishing to visit Turkey, i.e. $100 for a single entry visa and $200 for the multiple entry visas, as well as as the possibility of opening a university in the DRC and increasing the number of scholarships for the benefit of Congolese students.

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister Christophe Lutundula told his counterpart of the importance that the President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, attaches to DRC-Turkey cooperation. Finally, he announced to his counterpart his forthcoming presence in Parliament, upon his return, to defend the agreement thus signed, with a view to their ratification, reassuring him, in turn, of the reduction in the price of the DRC entry visa. Turkey, in the name of the principle of reciprocity. ACP/