PARIS, April 8 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Monday received President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso at the Elysee Palace to cement the cooperation between their two countries.
"The head of the state thanked his counterpart for providing political and logistical support to African forces and France during the liberation of northern Mali," the French presidency said in a statement.
The two leaders discussed the situation in the Central African Republic, where they both found "illegality of taking power by the force." They stressed the need to respect the agreement of Libreville, "including organizing elections in short time, in accordance with the recommendations of the Economic Community of Central African States."
Hollande voiced his hope that all political forces in the country could be associated within a national unity government. He reaffirmed that the presence of French army in the Central African Republic was only for protecting French citizens.
The two presidents welcomed the adoption of the UN Security Council's 2098 resolution, which created the mandate of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a specialized "intervention brigade."
The leaders also agreed to further develop the economic relationship between the two countries within a framework of strengthened transparency.