The actor said that this status will help him to mobilize international assistance to the country.

The famous Belgian-born film actor Jean-Claude Van Damme received a diplomatic passport of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Wednesday. This was reported by the Congolese news portal Politico.

“I thank everyone for the reception that was given to me here with great love,” the 61-year-old actor said during the ceremony. – The title of ambassador will help me to mobilize international assistance to promote youth, sports and wildlife of the Congo.”

The diplomatic passport was presented to Van Dam on behalf of DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi by Deputy Foreign Minister Samy Adubango.

In DR Congo, Van Damme is very popular, which is facilitated by the local legend that the actor was born in the city of Lubumbashi in the south-east of the African country. However, Van Damme was born in the Belgian capital of Brussels, although his parents visited the Congolese province of Upper Katanga.