Côte d’Ivoire: President Alassane Ouattara in South Africa for state visit

By Romain Chanson
Posted on Friday, 22 July 2022 16:40

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on 20 July 2022 upon his arrival in South Africa for a state visit.
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on 20 July 2022 upon his arrival in South Africa for a state visit. Twitter / Presidency CI/

Cloudy skies and bitter cold. The winter weather in Johannesburg proved to be harsh when welcoming Côte d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara. The head of state arrived in South Africa on the evening of 20 July. The next few days would be warmer in this country, where bilateral relations with Côte d'Ivoire are improving.

On his arrival, Ouattara was received by Naledi Pandor, the minister of the department of international relations and cooperation. He met his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday morning 22 July at the Union Buildings, the headquarters of the presidency in Pretoria, for an important state visit. The last time an Ivorian head of state paid an official visit to the Southern African country was in 1998 when former president Henri Konan Bédié and his delegation were hosted by former president Nelson Mandela for dinner.