Foreign relations of the Republic of the Congo
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For the two decades preceding the Republic of the Congo's 1991 National Conference, the country was firmly in the socialist camp, allied principally with the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc nations. Educational, economic, and foreign aid links between Congo and its Eastern bloc allies were extensive, with the Congolese military and security forces receiving significant Soviet, East German, and Cuban assistance.
After the worldwide dissolution of the Soviet Union and Congo's adoption of multi-party democracy in 1991, Congo's bilateral relations with its former socialist allies have become relatively less important. France is now by far Congo's principal external partner, contributing significant amounts of economic assistance, while playing a highly influential role.
Membership in international organizations includes the United Nations, Organisation of African Unity, African Development Bank, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), Economic Commission for Central African States, Central African Customs and Economic Union, International Coffee Organization, Union of Central African States, INTELSAT, International Criminal Police Organization - Interpol, Non-Aligned Movement, and Group of 77.
Disputes - international: most of the Congo River boundary with the Democratic Republic of the Congo is indefinite (no agreement has been reached on the division of the river or its islands, except in the Pool Malebo (Stanley Pool) area.
|Country||Formal Relations Began||Notes|
|Armenia||15 March 2007||
Both countries established diplomatic relations on 15 March 2007.
|China||22 February 1964||See China-Republic of the Congo relations
On February 22, 1964, China established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Congo.
|Mexico||31 July 1975|
The Republic of the Congo has no embassy in Moscow. Russia has an embassy in Brazzaville.
|South Korea||16 June 1990||
The diplomatic relations between the South Korea and the Republic of the Congo were established on 16 June 1990. Bilateral trade in 2011 totalled $52,940,000 exports, and $78,100,000 imports. The Congo was a major oil exporter to Korea.
|United States||See Republic of the Congo-United States relations
Diplomatic relations between the United States and Congo were broken during the most radical Congolese-Marxist period, 1965-77. The U.S. Embassy reopened in 1977 with the restoration of relations, which remained distant until the end of the socialist era. The late 1980s were marked by a progressive warming of Congolese relations with Western countries, including the United States. Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso made a state visit to Washington in 1990, where he was received by President George H. W. Bush.
- List of diplomatic missions in the Republic of the Congo
- List of diplomatic missions of the Republic of the Congo
- Visa requirements for Republic of the Congo citizens
- Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa
- Embassy of the Rep. of Congo in the United States
- Embassy of France in Brazzaville
- Indian Honorary Consulate in Republic of the Congo
- Republic of the Congo Embassy in India
- Embassy of Mexico in Nigeria
- Embassy of the United States in Brazzaville