Hundreds of nationals of Ivory Coast and Mali return home from Tunisia after President Kais Saied claimed refugees and migrants were behind most crime in the North African country, fuelling a spate of sackings, evictions and attacks.
Each soldier held a small Ivorian flag and smiled as he shook hands with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara who was waiting to greet the 46 soldiers at Abidjan airport.
Forty-six Ivorian soldiers have departed Bamako, easing a diplomatic row between the two Western African countries following the military takeover of Mali in August 2020.
Colonel Assimi Goita grants pardon with full remission of sentences to 49 Ivorians convicted of "attack and conspiracy against the government," says spokesperson of interim government.
Court in the West African country sentences three other Ivory Coast soldiers to death in absentia.
France’s financial control over the African nations is a relic of a shady past. Only African initiatives imagined and implemented by Africans will pave the way for the continent's awakening.
A government spokesperson calls for an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States to resolve the issue of 46 soldiers detained by Mali's military government.
Mali's government says the 49 soldiers at the centre of the controversy were detained after landing on a special flight without supporting documents and has described them as mercenaries.
The decision comes four days after Mali arrested 49 Ivorian soldiers it later described as "mercenaries" intent on toppling the country's military-led government.
Five children die in landslide and one adult is swept away by water in economic capital Abidjan's Bingerville neighbourhood, officials say.
President Alassane Ouattara plans to reduce the number of government ministers "in order to strengthen government effectiveness bearing in mind the current world economic situation".
The drills, known as Flintlock, have begun in Ivory Coast as French troops begin to exit and militant groups continue to move across West Africa.
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