Belgian king expresses ‘deepest regrets’ over DR Congo colonial past

Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium visit the 'Tombeau du geant', in Botassart near Bouillon, Belgium, on June 28, 2020.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium visit the 'Tombeau du geant', in Botassart near Bouillon, Belgium, on June 28, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/ JULIEN WARNAND

Belgium's King Philippe expressed his “deepest regrets” for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

“I want to express my deepest regrets for these wounds of the past whose pain is reawakened today by the discrimination still present in our societies,” Philippe said Tuesday in a letter to Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi to mark the country's 60th independence anniversary.


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