It looks like the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo is on a visit to Cuba, and he seems to be on a ceremonial mission that’s intended to further strengthen the two countries’ ties. As CubaHeadlines.com reports:
Havana, Cuba.- Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), began an official visit to Cuba, where he arrived on Saturday along with his accompanying delegation.
During his stay on the Caribbean island, the visitor will unveil a bust at the Park of the African National Heroes in honor of his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, who was the leader of his country and President of the DRC.
The African nation, a member of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, has expressed its vote in favor of the Cuban resolution that demands the end of the unjust economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on the island.
It’s interesting to see two countries that are, for all intents and purposes, impotent on the international stage work to form strong relations — especially under the auspices of “non-alignment”. But if they really wanted to push an end to the US embargo, they’d probably have a better time leveraging their relationships with countries who send tourists en masse — such as Canada, Germany, and Britain.
For starters, it wouldn’t take much to set up a trade deal with any of these where they invest in the growing tourist industry, and then have an economic incentive to pressure the US. More importantly, though, it’d demonstrate to the US that The Revolution has been safely displaced by Rum Socialism — and now the country is just as interested in making money as China is.
N.B. If you’re interested in a good profile on the DRC, check out the Vice Guide to the Congo.