Pope Francis has met the President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadéra, at the Vatican.
During the meeting, which took place on Monday, the Pontiff recalled the warm welcome he received during his visit to CAR in November.
After the meeting a statement released by the Vatican’s press office said that the talks noted how the recent electoral process and institutional reforms in CAR are taking place in a constructive manner, supported by dialogue between different faith communities.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing of a Moroccan peacekeeper from the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) yesterday in the town of Rafai in Mbomou prefecture.
In a statement attributable to his spokesman, the Secretary-General said the incident occurred when a MINUSCA patrol was dispatched to Rafai in response to an attack on the nearby village of Agoumar by alleged elements of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The peacekeeper was shot by unknown assailants and succumbed to his wounds later that afternoon.