Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

Ivorian President to travel to Vatican on September 17 to bolster ties

Alassane Ouattara, the President of Ivorian, is expected to visit the Vatican on September 17th for an official visit that aims to strengthen ties with the city-state led by Pope Francis.

“This visit is part of the strengthening of relations of friendship and cooperation between Côte d’Ivoire and the Holy See,” said government spokesperson Amadou Coulibaly who also doubles as Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

Coulibaly indicated to Coulibaly that President Ouattara, the Pope, will assess bilateral relations between the two countries in order to explore other collaboration opportunities.

The visit comes after he met with Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, in May this year in Abidjan amid tension with the catholic church in the West African country, over his plans for a third term in office.

Ouattara’s second visit to the Vatican in 10 years. In 2002, he traveled to the Vatican to meet then Pope Benedict XVI.

Source: north africa post

By Chala Dandessa

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