KINSHASA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Belgian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) Dominique Struye De Swielande has given assurances to Kinshasa to maintain good ties with the Central African country.
Speaking after a meeting with Congolese Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba in Kinshasa on Wednesday, Swielande declared that the bilateral relations between Belgium and DR Congo will not be derailed by incidences of whichever nature, even the misguided comments made by some people over the diamond present that was recently given to the Belgian king and queen in Kinshasa.
He affirmed that whatever is said concerning this incident will not disrupt cooperation between Belgium and DR Congo which are in excellent working relations.
He hailed the efforts by DR Congo's foreign minister to improve the relations between the two countries and pointed out the need for strengthening their diplomatic, economic, military, cultural and consular ties.
He said he visited the Foreign Ministry to deliver a "thank you" message on behalf of the Belgian government to DR Congo President Joseph Kabila, his government, the Foreign Ministry and all the Congolese people for the splendid welcome accorded to the Belgian royal family during the country's independence Golden Jubilee celebrations on June 30.
After the celebrations, DR Congo's First Family reportedly offered a present to the king and the queen just like what they did to other presidents and first Ladies who attended the ceremony. In Belgium, this gesture aroused some controversy which came as a surprise to the Congolese president.