The stability and internal security of the Central African Republic (CAR) was the main focus of discussion during a private meeting between Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and his CAR counterpart, President Faustin Archange Touadera, here Wednesday.

The two leaders met in private at the Presidential Palace here when President Faustin Touadera made a brief visit to Luanda.

Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti later told journalists that the Angolan President had invited his CAR counterpart to visit to exchange views on this issue, in view of his commitment to finding solutions for the achievement of peace in CAR in his capacity as the current chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

Chikoti said the situation in CAR has not only been a cause of concern for the Angolan president, as chair of the ICGLR, but also for the African Union (AU) and the United Nations.

The two presidents also reviewed various aspects related to bilateral co-operation with a view to their better structuring, said Chikoti, who added that the two countries already had agreements to co-operate in general terms and in specific areas of interest covering the diamond industry, diplomacy, defence and security.

The CAR is a country whose political situation is of concern to the ICGLR, along with other member States like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and South Sudan.

Angola, in the person of the Angolan Head of State, has provided assistance so that this country, which has lived for some time through an internal inter-religious conflict and other nations in the region can put an end to political or religious differences in a peaceful manner, through dialogue rather than resorting to violence.


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