French envoy to Tanzania, Ambassador Nabil Hahjlaoui, reaffirms his country’s commitment to support the process for restoration of peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During his meeting with the Secretary General of the East African Community Peter Mathuki.
Dr Mathuki had paid the ambassador a courtesy call at his residence in Dar es Salaam.
The Secretary General visited the French Ambassador to discuss priority areas at the EAC that could be supported by France and how to enhance the existing relations between EAC and France.
Ambassador Hahjlaoui promised the EAC that France will use its experience and help in any way necessary to restore peace in Eastern DRC.
“It is high time now that all stakeholders involved in the peace-making process in Eastern DRC look at the big picture and put the interest of DRC people first rather than their own,” says the French Ambassador.
Acknowledging the efforts of EAC Partner States in restoring security in DRC the French envoy lauded the move as huge and his country was prepared to provide support towards peaceful resolution of conflicts Eastern Congo.
Meanwhile, the French envoy reiterated his country’s commitment to support the implementation of the EAC Summit directive to include French as a language of the Community in addition to English and Kiswahili.
The envoy said his country was more than willing to assist the EAC technically and financially in the operationalization of French as one of the official languages of the EAC.
On his part, the EAC Secretary General, Dr Mathuki hailed France’s continued support to EAC programmes and projects.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank the people and government of France through you your Excellency for the continued support on different issues of the EAC integration” DRC is part of the community helping them is not an option rather a right thing to do’’, added Hon Mathuki.
The Secretary General informed the Ambassador that region through the Summit of EAC Heads of States is determine to restore peaceful environment in Eastern DRC.
A peaceful DRC is key to the development of our region, added Hon Mathuki.On the support to include French as official language of the Community, Dr Mathuki said the assistance comes at a time when the Community was continuing to deepen its ties with the other French-speaking blocs.
Mathuki and his counterpart agreed to form a small committee to work on modalities of how the French Government can help to resolve some of the requirements including buying translations infrastructure at the EAC Secretariat and capacity building to the staff.