Central African Republic
Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadera
On October 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Sochi with President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadera, who has come to Russia on a private visit.
The officials reaffirmed their countries’ resolve to build up practical cooperation in the political, trade, economic and cultural areas and pointed to the considerable potential for partnership in mineral resources exploration, in the energy area, as well as in the delivery of Russian industrial equipment and farming machinery to the Central African Republic.
Mr Lavrov and Mr Touadera exchanged opinions on current global and regional affairs and confirmed a mutual willingness to expand their cooperation at the UN and other multilateral forums. They highlighted the need for the CAR authorities and the international community to take joint political and diplomatic efforts to normalise the situation in the Central African Republic, including by launching a comprehensive process for the disarmament, demobilisation and social reintegration of combatants. The officials also discussed the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, as well as Syrian settlement.