Russia set to assist Central African leadership to stabilize country

F.P Report

MOSCOW: Russia was ready to continue assisting its efforts to stabilize the situation in the Central African Republic, including in its role of a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Ministry updated commented on Monday.

During a telephonic conversation between President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadera, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Russian authorities have expressed readiness to further assist the efforts of the Central African leadership to stabilize the situation in the country, both on a bilateral basis and as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to develop military-technical cooperation, to continue to strengthen foreign policy coordination on key international and African issues,” the ministry said.

The phone call was initiated by the Russian side ahead of the inauguration ceremony on March 30.

Importantly, both sides exchanged opinions on the development of bilateral ties, as well as confirmed their common willingness to carry on deepening the political dialogue, dynamic cooperation along the trade-economic, investment and humanitarian tracks.

They emphasized potentials for giving a boost to mutually advantageous partnership through the implementation of profitable joint projects in the sphere of developing mineral resources, in the energy sector and agricultural production.

Along with this through the encouragement of direct contacts between the business circles, including through associations of entrepreneurs and the Association of Economic Cooperation with African Countries, Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

While engaging in talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also congratulated the president of the Central African Republic on his re-election and upcoming inauguration, wishing him “further success in fulfilling the challenging tasks entrusted to him on the track of national development and strengthening of security,” the Foreign Ministry underlined.

Back on January 4th, chief of the CAR’s National Election Commission Mathias Barthelemy Morouba gave a statement that current President Faustin-Archange Touadera had emerged the winner in the first round of the presidential election held on December 27, having garnered 53.9% of the vote.

Along with this on January 18, the Constitutional Court confirmed Touadera’s win for a second term.