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Cote d'Ivoire: President Ouattara Meets Macron to Discuss Partnership and Security Issues

French President Emmanuel Macron and Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara have discussed the aftermath of the coup in Niger and the “rapid deterioration” of the security situation in the Sahel at a meeting in the L’Elysée Palace in Paris.

Announced for the beginning of November at the Élysée Palace in Paris, the meeting between the Ivorian and French presidents finally took place this Tuesday.

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has been in Paris since Saturday.

Not much has filtered out of the meeting, but many subjects were believed to be on the agenda, notably the issue of visas for Ivoirians.

The two leaders discussed “the Ivorian internal situation” following local and regional elections in September, won by Ouattara’s party, and the appointment of a new government.

They discussed civil and military cooperation as well as bilateral economic relations, particularly in the areas of energy transition, transport and urban development.

Cote d’Ivoire : Le Président de la République Alassane Ouattara reçu à l’Élysée par son homologue français Emmanuel Macron ce 21 novembre 2023.#CIV225 #CIV #cotedivoire #france #Alassane_Ouattara pic.twitter.com/ckKH3CMS5H— Mon afrique (@Monafrique8) November 22, 2023

The future of Niger

Most of the conversation was focused security issues in the Sahel, and Niger after the 26 July coup that destabilised the role of France in in West Africa.

Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed France’s “full support for President Mohamed Bazoum” in Niger, and recalled that “his release is a prerequisite for any negotiation with the putschists”, the French presidency said after the meeting.

Since the coup d’état overthrew Bazoum, he has been sequestered and has refused to submit his resignation.