December 21, 2016 / 1:17 PM / in 2 years

Germany suspends aid talks with Congo after Kabila overstays

FILE PHOTO - Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila attends the signing ceremony of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes, at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Germany has indefinitely postponed talks on development assistance to Congo after President Joseph Kabila stayed in power despite his mandate expiring this week, the German foreign office said on Wednesday.

“From now on, the Congolese Government’s scope for action will be restricted,” the statement said.

“The negotiations on development cooperation scheduled to take place next year will be postponed indefinitely. The German Government reserves the right to take further steps.”

Reporting by Tim Cocks; Editing by Aaron Ross

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