The French Minister of Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, in Abidjan welcomes the evolution of the Ivorian army over the past ten years during an official visit to the Ivorian commercial capital Abidjan.
He declined to comment on Burkina Faso’s recent decision even as he re-emphasised France’s commitment to engagement with security issues in West Africa, where the Islamist insurgency is spreading.
France’s defence minister pledged on Monday to boost military support to Ivory Coast, as Paris adjusts its strategy in West Africa after neighbouring Burkina Faso ordered French troops to leave.
French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit sub-Saharan Africa in early March, although he is expected to steer clear of former French colonies in the Sahel.
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