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Vol 44 No 21

Published 24th October 2003


Congo-Kinshasa

Cutting-edge diplomacy

President Joseph Kabila's planned meeting with United States President George Bush on 5 November is a personal triumph for Israeli diamond trader and Congo's ambassador at large Dan Gertler who, along with his business partner Chaim Leibovitz, has been cultivating White House contacts for several months. Kabila has met Bush twice before, but this time he is scheduled to get more than an hour in the Oval Office and will stay in Blair House opposite the White House. US officials say the Congo peace deal is at a delicate stage and Kabila needs encouragement.

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