Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the Ivory Coast on Sunday (6 May) following a six-day peace mission on the Western Sahara dispute.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the Ivory Coast on Sunday (6 May) following a six-day peace mission on the Western Sahara dispute. Although his visit was described as private, he met with Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, and the two held talks on various African problems.
SYNOPSIS: General Obasanjo had just completed his Western Sahara peace mission in Morocco, and flew from there to Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital. President Houphouet-Boigny was on hand at the airport to greet him and his aides who had also travelled on the peace mission.
Although General Obasanjo's visit was supposed to be a private one, the Ivorians laid on a full state welcome for him.
The two leaders are well-known to each other through their years of involvement in the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Both are members of the OAU sub-committee, known as the `Committee of Sages', which aims to bring a political solution to the four-year conflict in the Western Sahara. It was in his capacity as a co-chairman of the committee that General Obasanjo had undertaken his peace mission, visiting Mauritania, Algeria, and Morocco.
In formed sources said the Nigerian leader briefed President Houphouet-Boigny about his mission, and said he was optimistic about prospects of a peaceful settlement in the Western Sahara.