Foreign relations of the Republic of the Congo

Nations with which [Republic of] Congo has diplomatic relations.

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.

Congo-Brazzaville is also a member of the International Criminal Court with a Bilateral Immunity Agreement of protection for the US-military.

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.

Bilateral relations

Country Formal relations began Notes
 Albania 23 June 1968 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 23 June 1968
 Algeria 4 January 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 4 January 1964
 Andorra 24 February 2022 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 24 February 2022
 Angola 25 July 1976 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 25 July 1976
 Argentina 2 January 1980 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 2 January 1980
 Armenia 15 March 2007

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 15 March 2007

 Australia 7 May 2009 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 7 May 2009
 Austria 12 July 1978 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 July 1978 when Austrian Ambassador to Zaire Dr. Erwin Matsch , who has been appointed Ambassador to the People's Republic of Congo, presented his credentials to President Gen. Joachim Yhombi-Opango.
 Azerbaijan 7 February 2023 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 7 February 2023
 Bahrain 9 June 1999 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 9 June 1999
 Bangladesh 12 March 2019 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 March 2019 when first Ambassador Republic of Congo (resident in New Delhi) Mr. Andre Poh presented his credentials to President Bangladesh M. Abdul Hamid.
 Belarus 11 February 2002 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 11 February 2002
 Belgium 20 February 1962 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 20 February 1962.
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 23 February 2011 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 23 February 2011
 Botswana 9 November 2006 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 9 November 2006.
 Brazil 4 March 1980 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 4 March 1980
 Brunei Darussalam 15 May 2000 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 15 May 2000
 Bulgaria 31 December 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 31 December 1964
 Cambodia 13 September 2000 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 13 September 2000
 Cameroon 26 November 1962 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 26 November 1962 when has been appointed Mr. Emmanuel Samory as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to Cameroon.
 Canada February 1962 Both countries established diplomatic relations in February 1962
  • Canada is accredited to the Republic of the Congo from its embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Republic of the Congo is accredited to Canada from its embassy in Washington, D.C., United States.
 Central African Republic 26 November 1962 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 26 November 1962 when has been appointed Mr. Jean-Charles Kibant as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to Central African Republic.
 Chad 13 February 1963 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 13 February 1963 when has been appointed Mr. Simon Bilombo as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to Chad.
 Chile 1 June 1972 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 June 1972.
 China 22 February 1964 See China-Republic of the Congo relations

On February 22, 1964, China established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Congo.

 Colombia 1 July 1999 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 July 1999
 Comoros 3 February 2023 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 3 February 2023 when Ambassador of Republic of Congo Mr. Constant-Serge Bounda presented his letters of credentials to President Azali Assoumani.
 Costa Rica 4 September 2007 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 4 September 2007
 Croatia 10 May 2007 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 10 May 2007
 Cuba 10 May 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 10 May 1964
 Czech Republic 23 March 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 23 March 1964.
 Denmark 10 June 1967 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 10 June 1967 when M. Charles Poaty has been appointed as first Ambassador of Congo Brazzaville to Denmark (resident in Brussels).
 Djibouti February 1985 Both countries established diplomatic relations in February 1985.
 Dominican Republic 17 October 2019 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 17 October 2019
 East Timor 7 November 2006 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 7 November 2006
 Ecuador 12 February 1980 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 February 1980
 Egypt 28 July 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 28 July 1964
 Equatorial Guinea 12 July 1971 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 July 1971 when first Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to People's Republic of the Congo Mr. Clemente Aqueda presented his cedentials to President Ngouabi
 Estonia 26 April 2006 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 26 April 2006
 Fiji 11 May 2011 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 11 May 2011
 Finland 22 March 1967 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 22 March 1967

See Finland-Republic of the Congo relations

 France 16 August 1960 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 16 August 1960
  • Republic of the Congo has an embassy in Paris.
  • France has an embassy in Brazzaville and a consulate-general in Pointe-Noire.
 Gambia 17 June 2022 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 17 June 2022
 Georgia 3 March 2011 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 3 March 2011
 Germany 15 August 1960 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 15 August 1960
 Ghana 8 February 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 8 February 1964 when Mr. John Hector Williams has presented his credentials as Ghana's first ambassador to the Brazzaville Congo
 Greece 9 April 1983 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 9 April 1983 when Ambassador of Greece to Congo presented his credentials to President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
 Grenada 1 September 1983 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 September 1983
 Guinea 1 July 1968 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 July 1968 when Guinea's Ambassador to the Congo Republic, M. Fily Sissoko, presented his credentials to President Massamba-Debat.
 Guinea-Bissau 26 November 2021 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 26 November 2021 when Ambassador of the Republic of Congo Mr. Luc-Jean Saint-Vito Aka-Eve, has presented his credentials to President of Guinea-Bissau Ùmaro Sissoco Embaló.
 Hungary 14 February 1970 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 14 February 1970
 Iceland 15 December 2004 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 15 December 2004
 India 26 August 1967 See Republic of Congo–India relations

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 26 August 1967 when India's first Ambassador to Congo-Brazzaville , Mr. Venkata Siddathacharry , has presented his credentials to President Massamba-Debat.

  • India maintains an embassy in Brazzaville since 2021.
  • Republic of the Congo maintains an embassy in New Delhi.
 Israel 9 November 1960 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 9 November 1960 when Ram Yaron was appointed first Israel ambassador at Brazzaville. But Congo severance diplomatic relations with Israel on 31 December 1972. Diplomatic relations were restored between them on 14 July 1991.
 Italy 20 April 1965 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 20 April 1965
 Jamaica 6 September 1979 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 6 September 1979
 Jordan 5 December 2021 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 5 December 2021 when Ambassador of Republic of Congo Mr. Célestin Jean Paul Akoulafoua M'voula, has presented his credentials to King of Jordan Abdullah.
 Kazakhstan 21 September 1999 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 21 September 1999
 Kuwait 31 October 2000 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 31 October 2000
 Kyrgyzstan 3 February 2016 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 3 February 2016
 Laos 29 August 2019 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 29 August 2019
 Latvia 26 September 2013 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 26 September 2013
 Lebanon 12 April 2001 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 April 2001
 Libya 7 April 1973 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 7 April 1973
 Lithuania 5 December 2005 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 5 December 2005
 Luxembourg 10 June 1967 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 10 June 1967 when M. Charles Poaty has been appointed as first Ambassador of Congo Brazzaville to Luxembourg (resident in Brussels).
 Madagascar 17 September 2014 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 17 September 2014 when Ambassador of Republic of Congo to Madagascar with residence in Pretoria Mr. Léonard-Emile Ognimba presented his credentials to President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.
 Malawi 18 October 2022 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 18 October 2022 when Ambassador of Republic of Congo Mr. Constant-Serge Bounda presented his letters of credentials to President Dr. Lazarus Mccarthy CHAKWERA.
 Maldives 20 April 2018 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 20 April 2018
 Mali 27 November 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 27 November 1964 when Ambassador of Mali to Congo-Brazzaville Mr. Alioune Diakite, presented his credentials to President Alphonse Massamba-Debat.
 Malta 14 February 2011 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 14 February 2011
 Mauritania 1970 Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1970
 Mauritius 6 July 2011 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 6 July 2011
 Mexico 1990 Both countries estabblished diplomatic relations in 1990
  • Republic of the Congo is accredited to Mexico from its embassy in Washington, D.C., United States.
  • Mexico is accredited to the Republic of the Congo from its embassy in Abuja, Nigeria
 Monaco 27 February 2014 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 27 February 2014
 Mongolia 31 December 1966 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 31 December 1966
 Montenegro 1 February 2011 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 February 2011
 Morocco 1979 Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1979
 Mozambique 25 June 1975 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 25 June 1975
 Namibia 23 March 1990 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 23 March 1990
  • Congo has an embassy in Windhoek.
  • Namibia has an embassy in Brazzaville.
 Netherlands 3 August 1961 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 3 August 1961 when has been accredited first Ambassador of the Netherlands to Congo (resident in Leopoldville).
 Nicaragua 12 September 1979 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 September 1979
 North Korea 24 December 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 24 December 1964
 North Macedonia 7 February 2001 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 7 February 2001
 Norway 23 May 1967 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 23 May 1967
 Paraguay 23 March 2007 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 23 March 2007
 Peru 12 July 1975 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 July 1975
 Philippines 19 January 2000 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 19 January 2000
 Poland 19 December 1972 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 19 December 1972

See Poland-Republic of the Congo relations

 Portugal 25 May 1961 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 25 May 1961 whne first Ambassador of Portugal with residence in Brazzaville Mr. Gonçalo Correia Caldeira Coelho presented his credentials, but 17 August 1965 Congo severing diplomatic relations with Portugal. Diplomatic ties re-established on 25 January 1975
 Qatar 25 April 2000 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 25 April 2000
 Romania 21 August 1966 Both countries estrablished diplomatic relations on 21 August 1966
 Russia 16 March 1964

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 16 March 1964

The Republic of the Congo has no embassy in Moscow. Russia has an embassy in Brazzaville.

 San Marino 27 September 2018 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 27 September 2018
 Saudi Arabia 1 February 1999 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 February 1999
 Senegal 9 April 1969 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 9 April 1969 when Ambassador of Senegal to Congo (Brazzaville) (resident in Kinshasa) Mr. Mademba Sy presented his credentials to Head of State Major Marien Ngouabi
 Singapore 8 February 2001 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 8 February 2001
 Slovakia 30 June 1998 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 30 June 1998
 Slovenia 19 April 2007 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 19 April 2007
 Solomon Islands 6 March 2012 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 6 March 2012
 South Africa 22 March 1993 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 22 March 1993
 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.

 Spain 7 December 1972 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 7 December 1972
 Sri Lanka 1 February 2012 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 February 2012
 Sudan November 1970 Both countries established diplomatic relations in November 1970
  Switzerland 21 April 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 21 April 1964 when appointed first Ambassador of Switzerland to Congo (Brazzaville) Mr. Arturo Marcionelli
 Syria 10 February 1977 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 10 February 1977
 Tajikistan 13 June 2017 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 13 June 2017
 Tanzania 22 October 1981 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 22 October 1981 when Ambassador of Tanzania to Congo Mme. Tato Nuru presented his letters of credentials to President of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso.
 Thailand 25 August 1988 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 25 August 1988
 Togo The two countries maintain diplomatic relations and Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé visited the Republic of the Congo in November 2023 meeting President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
 Turkey 9 November 1981 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 9 November 1981
  • Congo has an embassy in Ankara.
  • Turkey has an embassy in Brazzaville.
  • Trade volume between the two countries was 57.25 million USD in 2019 (Turkish exports/imports: 1.47/55.8 million USD).
 Turkmenistan 21 May 2021 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 21 May 2021
 Tuvalu 27 April 2012 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 27 April 2012
 Ukraine 3 June 1999 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 3 June 1999
 United Arab Emirates 21 May 2007 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 21 May 2007
 United States 15 August 1960 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 15 August 1960

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.

 Uruguay 22 September 1987 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 22 September 1987
 Venezuela 6 April 2006 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 6 April 2006
 Vietnam 16 July 1964 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 16 July 1964
 Zambia 12 January 1973 Both countries established diplomatic relations on 12 January 1973 when the first Zambian Ambassador to the Congo People's Republic (resident in Kinshasa) , M. Chalikulima , presented his credentials to President Ngouabi

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