Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso: A Measured Reconciliation

MIN READAug 12, 2016 | 09:15 GMT

Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso: An Incipient Reconciliation
Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kabore steps down from a plane ahead of a July 28 meeting with his Ivorian counterpart, an important step toward normalizing relations between the two countries.


Relations between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso have begun to normalize in recent weeks, nearly two years after they were damaged in the aftermath of the fall of Burkina Faso's longtime president, Blaise Compaore. On July 28, the current Burkinabe president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, met with his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, to sign 13 bilateral agreements, including ones proposing infrastructure development and tighter border security to combat terrorism. The meeting marked the first high-level summit between the neighbors since 2014 and is an important step toward normalizing relations....

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