The President of the Republic, H.E.M. Alassane OUATTARA, spoke, this Friday February 5 2021, with the Minister of State for African Affairs of the Kingdom from Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Kattan, bearer of a message from the King Salman ben Abdelaziz Al Saoud. The discussions focused on strengthening cooperation between the Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia, the conflicts in the Middle East and the fight against terrorism. The Minister of State for African Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reaffirmed his country’s support for Côte d’Ivoire through the Saudi Fund for Development (FSD), which finances several projects in our country. He announced the upcoming visit of an Ivorian delegation to Saudi Arabia to present the investment opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the of a Saudi delegation to Abidjan to explore Ivorian potentialities. Mr. Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Kattan also mentioned several subjects which hold the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at heart, especially the conflicts in the Middle East. The situation and the crisis in the Sahel were also discussed, he said. In this regard, he announced a contribution of 100 million euros from Saudi Arabia to the G5 Sahel for the fight against terrorism. Finally, the Minister of State for African Affairs of the Kingdom of Arabia Arabia has announced the forthcoming creation of an Organization whose objective will be to fight terrorism and money laundering, and bring well-being to populations. Note that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ally COULIBALY, and the Minister, Director of the Office of the President of the Republic, Mr. Fidèle SARASSORO, took part in this interview.

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