Democratic Republic of the Congo–Greece relations
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Congolese–Greek relations are foreign relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Greece. Greece has an embassy in Kinshasa and 2 honorary consulates in Kisangani and Lubumbashi. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has an embassy in Athens. Both countries are full members of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. There is a small Greek community in Congo.
During the 1950s the Greek presence in the Congo increased substantially with the arrival of Greek migrants from Egypt.
In 1960, the Hellenic Air Force, in compliance with the Greek Governmental decision, sent the 3rd Transportation Squadron to Congo, to evacuated Greeks living in the country, and transport them to secured areas.
In 1961, the Hellenic Air Force, contributing to the U.N. effort to restore order in the newly independent Republic of Congo, sent the Hellenic Air Detachment of Congo, consisting of 21 officers and NCOs. On the 14th of March 1961, the Hellenic Air Detachment was assigned under the command of the U.N. Air Forces and assumed responsibilities of conducting various UN missions, mainly transporting material and personnel. Later, the force have been augmented by 4 NCOs. On the 9th of November 1961, the Hellenic Detachment departed for Greece.
In July 2009, the Greek government pledged USD 500,000 through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for humanitarian assistance to Congo.
Relations between the two countries are good. The only pending matter is the issue of pecuniary damage for Greece nationals’ assets nationalized under the government of former Zair.
At Congo there are also few Greek schools.
- Foreign relations of Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Foreign relations of Greece
- Greeks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo