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  • Updated: June 13, 2023

Africa Can't Stay Silent On Russia-Ukraine War — Congo President

Africa Can't Stay Silent On Russia-Ukraine War — Congo Pre

Denis Sassou Nguesso

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso says he believes that Africa cannot "remain silent" in the face of the conflict in Ukraine.

This was said by President Sassou Nguesso in Abidjan on Monday, at the start of a three-day state visit aimed at improving cooperative links between his nation, the Republic of Congo, and the Ivory Coast. 

During the state visit, around 13 agreements in the domains of fishing, agriculture, livestock breeding, and tourism will be signed. 

"We are all suffering the effects of these wars directly on our peoples. Inflation is rising everywhere, and we believe that Africa cannot remain silent or indifferent in the face of such a tragedy," Denis Sassou Nguesso, said.

The comment comes only days before several African leaders, including Sassou Nguesso, are scheduled to meet in Kyiv and Moscow to mediate. 

It also comes as fears rise that Russia would pull out of the Ukraine pact, which allows for the secure wartime transfer of food and fertilizer from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

"It was agreed that a few heads of state, in fact, one head of state per Central African sub-region plus the current President of the African Union, and that 5 or 6 heads of state could travel to Ukraine and Russia to bring a message of peace," Nguesso added.

After the meeting, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara lauded his Congolese counterpart's efforts as a continent-wide mediator. 

A position, he claims, that has yielded fruit in the Ivory Coast by attempting to reconcile former Presidents Henri Konan Bédié, Laurent Gbagbo, and himself.

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