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France’s Minister of Armed Forces Visits Central Africa


7Dnews London

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:30 GMT

French Defence Minister Florence Parly will reiterate Monday France's support for Central Africa, where Russian presence is increasing, and military equipment is being handed over.

"The goal of the visit is to reaffirm France's support for this country, which has been a partner for a long time," the minister's office said.

Parly will meet with President Fusan-Arshang Twadira, her counterpart Marie-Noel Kuelara and UN envoy to the Central African Republic, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga.

On this occasion, the Armed Forces of Central Africa will receive 1,400 assault rifles promised by France and amphibious equipment.

France has received an exception from the United Nations on the ban on Central African arms deliveries, as well as Russia months ago.

The minister will also reiterate France's commitment to the African Union's peace initiative in the country, while Russia has tried to do the same.