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Sisi arrives in Ivory coast in first ever visit by Egyptian president

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Apr 2019
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Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (L) shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Thursday April 11, 2019 (Photo: Egyptian presidency spokesman)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in the Ivory Coast early on Thursday in the first ever visit by an Egyptian president to the West African country.

This is the second leg of a three-nation African tour by the Egyptian president as part of a broader drive to boost political and economic ties with countries in the continent. The first stop was in Guinea earlier this week and the last stop will be Senegal.

El-Sisi was received by his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara and a number of senior government officials in the country's economic capital of Abidjan, his spokesman said in a statement.

El-Sisi flew to the Ivory Coast from Washington after he wrapped up a multi-day visit which he described as "fruitful" and said tackled topics “of critical importance.”

This visit is the 25th El-Sisi has made to other African countries since he came to office in 2014, according to Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS). 

Ivorian President Ouattara visited Egypt in December 2017 to take part in an African forum in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Egypt was among the first countries to recognise the Ivory Coast's independence from France in 1960. Trade volume between the two countries stood at $38.5 million at the end of 2016, 45 percent up from 2011, according to SIS.

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