Entertainment: Ivory Coast: Packo guest in Yamoussoukro, sign of reconciliation between Abidjan and Bissau

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Les frictions entre le président de la République de Guinée-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, et son homologue ivoirien semblent loin. © AFP - Ludovic Marin The frictions between the President of the Republic of Guinea -Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Packó, and his Ivorian counterpart seem far away.

Côte d'Ivoire commemorates this Sunday 62 years of its independence. As every year, President Alassane Ouattara will address the nation this Saturday evening. But the ceremonies will take place in Yamoussoukro on Sunday with a large military parade, in the presence of the Head of State and his predecessors Henri Konan Bédié and Laurent Gbagbo. Special guest this year, the Umaro Bissau-Guinean Sissoco Packo, President in office of the Cédéao. The frictions of the past few months between the Bissau-Guinean and Ivorian heads of states seem to be the old-fashioned old history the severe criticism of Umaro Sissoco Packo on the third mandates. Forgotten the blurring on a possible extension of the mandate of Nana Akuffo Addo of six months at the head of the Cédéao envisaged for a time by Alassane Ouattara but abandoned. Bissau and Abidjan have been working for several months to reconnect.

Voices are rising in Côte d'Ivoire in the affair of the 49 Ivorian soldiers arrested in Mali

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In May, the Ivorian vice-president freshly named, Tiémoko Meyliet Koné,

made the trip to Bissau . A month later, the Air-Côte d'Ivoire company inaugurated its Abidjan-Bissau affair. And this Thursday, Alassane Ouattara officially thanked thanked the president in office for his solidarity and his involvement with a view to the release of the 49 Ivorian soldiers detained for a month in Mali. “Packo is very active on this file as president of the Cédéao. He is uninhibited. He can tackle subjects with the junta that even Faure Gnassimbé does not approach "comments a West African diplomat, a good connoisseur of the Arcana of power in the region. “Packo is unpredictable. He sometimes irritates because of his outspokenness but I am not sure that the quarrel was serious, "he adds.

In the entourage of the Ivorian president we assure that there is "no problem, no conflict" as the press was able to echo it. The Cédéao in -office will not be the sole guest of a foreign brand in Yamoussoukro on Sunday. The president of the neighboring Liberia,

George Weah is also announced.

Ivory Coast: The CNS looks at the case of the 49 soldiers held in Mali .
© Press Service of the Presidency/Handout via Reuters Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara says followed the affair of the 49 soldiers detained in Mali "personally ». (Illustration image) in Côte d'Ivoire, a national security council was held on Thursday August 4. At the top of the subjects covered, the case of the 49 Ivorian soldiers detained in Bamako for more than three weeks.

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