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Presidents Mahama and Ouattara promise regional integration

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Presidents Mahama and Ouatarra
Presidents Mahama and Ouatarra

President John Dramani Mahama and his Ivorian counterpart Mr Alassane Ouattara on Monday expressed their commitment to promote discussions that favour their integration in the West African sub-region.

The two presidents have also agreed to consider delimitation as a major objective of the two countries.

These commitments were made in a joint communiqué issued at the close of a meeting between the two heads of state and Mr Kofi Annan, a former Secretary of United Nations in Geneva.

At the invitation of Mr Kofi Annan, the two presidents met on Monday in Geneva to discuss the dispute relating to the delimitation of the maritime boundary between the two countries.

Following the recent ruling by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on a request for provisional measures, the two presidents, have decided to engage in a process aimed at achieving cooperation as prescribed by the ITLOS.

The communiqué said the two presidents thanked Mr Annan and his Foundation for facilitating the meeting and expressed their willingness to continue to draw on his vast and rich experience in promoting cooperation between the two countries.

Source: GNA

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