January 7, 2017 / 1:57 PM / 8 months ago

Ivory Coast defence minister in Bouake for talks with mutineers

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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