Cloudy sky and duck cold. Johannesburg’s winter weather proved harsh to welcome Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. Protected by a large hat, the Head of State arrived on the evening of July 20 in South Africa. The next few days should be warmer in this country where bilateral relations with Côte d’Ivoire are in good shape.
When he got off the presidential plane, Alassane Ouattara was received by Naledi Pandor, Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco). He is meeting his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa this Friday morning July 22 at the Union Buildings, the seat of the presidency in Pretoria, for an unprecedented state visit, a cut above the official visit led by former President Henri Konan Bédié and his delegation in 1998 in Cape Town. A dinner was then hosted by former President Nelson Mandela.
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It was therefore necessary to wait more than twenty years for an event of this magnitude to be organized again. First to travers the unprecedented state visit of Cyril Ramaphosa to Côte d’Ivoire from December 1 to 3, 2021. A historic trip since the establishment of diplomatic relations in May 1992.
Symbol of this rapprochement, Air Côte d’Ivoire carried out its first Abidjan-Johannesburg flight on 29 June. Severely diminished by years of mismanagement, South African flag carrier South African Airways has abandoned this route. Cyril Ramaphosa had discussed the file with Alassane Ouattara during his visit in December. Air Côte d’Ivoire now connects the two countries, four times a week, in eight hours, with a short stopover in Kinshasa, making it the fastest connection on cet axe.
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