January 7, 2017 / 1:57 PM / 6 months ago

Ivory Coast defence minister in Bouake for talks with mutineers

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U.N. peacekeepers are seen outside Bouake, as disgruntled soldiers demanding salary increases seized the city of Bouake, Ivory Coast, January 6, 2017.Thierry Gouegnon

BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Ivory Coast Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi arrived in Bouake, the country's second largest city, on Saturday to meet with disgruntled soldiers behind a revolt that has spread across the West African nation.

"I came, as promised, to meet with our brothers. I am there to reassure them, as the president asked me to," he said before meeting with the mutineers. "We are going to listen and find a solution."

Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Tim Cocks and John Stonestreet

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