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President of Ivory Coast meets with former leaders to promote national unity.

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  • President of Ivory Coast meets with former leaders to promote national unity.
  • Ouattara stated that he would like to see such meetings take place frequently.
On Thursday, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara met with his predecessors in a rare meeting of adversaries in an effort to improve the country’s sociopolitical climate ahead of elections in 2025.

The meeting between Ouattara and his long-term rivals Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bedie is the first in person between the three leaders since the end of the 2011 post-election crisis, which killed at least 3,000 people.

It took place behind closed doors at Abidjan’s Presidential Palace.

“The meeting was a reunion meeting to renew contact and exchange in truth their views,” said Gbagbo, who served as the leaders’ spokesman at the meeting’s conclusion.

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The first conference will serve as a springboard for improving the country’s sociopolitical climate, according to the President of the Republic and his two immediate predecessors.

The past presidents thanked Ouattara for setting up the gathering.

Ouattara stated that he would like to see such meetings take place frequently.

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