Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Leonard She Okitundu

561-22-03-2017

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On March 22, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Leonard She Okitundu, who is in Moscow on a working visit.

The ministers reaffirmed the shared resolve of Moscow and Kinshasa to stimulate their productive and mutually beneficial political, trade, economic, humanitarian and other forms of cooperation. They also pointed out good prospects for developing partner relations in mining, energy and agriculture.

The ministers held a substantive exchange of views on key international and regional issues. They expressed a shared position on strengthening the central role of the UN in international affairs and on creating a broad coalition to fight international terrorism and extremism. They also highlighted their countries’ interest in promoting their countries’ interaction at the UN and other multilateral platforms.

Leonard She Okitundu updated the Russian foreign minister on the political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the authorities’ efforts to develop a constructive dialogue with the opposition. Mr Okitundu and Mr Lavrov expressed a shared view that the situation in the Great Lakes Region (GLR) should be normalised in keeping with the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the GLR signed in Addis Ababa in 2013.

They also discussed the situation in Burundi, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Libya. In this context, the Russian foreign minister pointed out that the problems the Africans have should be settled by the Africans themselves with practical support from the international community. He also presented Russia’s views on settling the crisis in Syria.

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