Ouattarra Visits Ghana, October 6

The Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattarra will visit Accra next week to hold bilateral talks with his Ghanaian counterpart President Mills as he makes efforts to rebuild his country. President Alassane Ouattara, who has continuously reiterated his commitment to promoting reconciliation in Ivory Coast as a move to restoring the country’s lost image as a hub of peace within the West African Sub-Region, believes that a political liaison with the Ghanaian government will accelerate that mission. President Ouattara, speaking at the World Affairs briefing of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, in Washington, USA, expressed his readiness to meet President Mills who he said master-minded Ivory Coast’s return to peace. Already making the headlines is the Ivorian president’s positive appraisal of President Mills who he claims, is a “wise man” because he was instrumental in restoring peace in Cote D’Ivoire. “Many refugees, former ministers, former high ranking officials in the army or in the administration felt that perhaps they could organise some kind of rebellion from Ghana but they did not realize that Atta Mills is a very wise man and he has been very cooperative, I think that he is the President I talk to most over the past months”. President Mills, during the political stand-off in Cote d’Ivoire, asked members of that country’s Constitution Council, former military generals and some former government officials who had fled to Ghana to seek refuge to return and begin the process of swearing in President Ouattara. President Ouattarra has said that his visit on October 6th, he will also focus on discussing the future of the over 18,000 Ivorian refugees currently living in Ghana.