Le Président de la RDC Félix Tshisekedi et Cheick Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Émir du Qatar

Doha: head-to-head between Félix Tshisekedi and the Emir of Qatar

This Tuesday at the Palace “Amiri Diwan” from Doha, President Félix Tshisekedi had a tête-à-tête with His Highness Cheick Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. The two leaders then expanded the working session to their respective delegations.

Visiting Doha, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi met the Emir of Qatar, Cheick Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. During this working session, it was a question of reviewing the memoranda of understanding signed between Qatar and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) two years ago. Other questions relating in particular to investments were also discussed.

Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and President Félix Tshisekedi expressed the wish to deepen bilateral relations between Qatar and the DRC.

Relaunch cooperation with Qatar

In front of the press, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DRC, Christophe Lutundula, who took part in the working session, declared: “In fact, we have come to relaunch cooperation with Qatar. We had signed a series of agreements with the Qatari government. It was time to take stock of the concretization of these agreements and to relaunch cooperation, especially for the implementation of all the projects that we have agreed on”.

“With my Qatari counterpart from commerce and industry we agreed to organize a special session of the DRC-Qatar joint commission which should normally be held in Kinshasa in order to put everything on the table to evaluate and make new proposals to our respective governments”he added.

Christophe Lutundula returned to projects concerning the transport sector in the DRC: “With my Congolese colleague from Transport, there are about four files. As for the agreement that we signed to grant traffic rights to Qatar Airways, we hoped that this agreement would already be in force by June 2024 at the latest.”.

“The second agreement relates to the port of Matadi. And there were a series of formalities and acts that had to be accomplished. Everything has been done. And I think that before the end of the year, work will begin on the modernization of the port of Matadi”said the head of Congolese diplomacy.

Regarding Ndjili airport, the Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DRC said: “There are positive signals. And we each reported to our respective Heads of State to receive the final instructions”.