Democratic Republic of Congo’s new President Felix Tshisekedi has landed in Brazzaville, the capital of neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville, marking his first international trip since being elected president in late January.

Tshisekedi was this Thursday welcomed by his Congo-Brazzaville counterpart President Denis Sassou N’Guesso and the two heads of state went into closed-door talks.

Congo-Brazzaville’s Foreign Minister Jean Claude Gakosso told the media that Tshisekedi’s election represents an opportunity to restore strength and vigor in relations between the two countries.

Gakosso is hopeful about plans to build a road-rail bridge across the river, linking the two capitals Brazzaville and Kinshasa, which are the world’s closest capital cities, separated only by the Congo River.

Tshisekedi will next travel to Angola and Kenya.