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Tsvangirai flies to Ivory Coast to meet Ouattara

by AFP
01 Sep 2011 at 05:07hrs | Views
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai arrived in Abidjan Wednesday for a 24-hour visit aimed at boosting ties between the two countries, the Ivory Coast government said in a statement.

The Prime Minister is to meet his counterpart Guillaume Soro and Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Thursday.

The working trip is aimed at "warming relations" between the two countries, the government statement said.

Zimbabwe has been cited as the destination of exiled supporters of ousted Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, detained in the north of the country since April 11 in the wake of bloody post-election battles when he refused to concede defeat in a November vote.

Tsvangirai, who shares power with Zimbabwe's longtime President Robert Mugabe in a tense unity government, urged Nigeria and the African Union on a visit to Abuja earlier Wednesday to help ensure his country does not become "another Ivory Coast".

The ruling pair disagree on a date for new polls, with Mugabe insisting on this year while Tsvangirai wants reforms first.

Source - AFP