Abidjan, 2 March - (ANA) - After a month of medical treatment in France, President Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast was welcomed home Sunday by King Mohammed VI of Morocco at Abidjan's airport.
Thousands of Ivorians flooded the streets on Sunday to welcome back their president who came to power after a brief post-election civil war in 2011.
Though he walked across the airport tarmac in the commercial capital Abidjan with the help of a cane, he otherwise showed little sign of his recent illness. He thanked the Moroccan monarch for his friendship towards his country and the assistance and attention received from the Kingdom of Morocco.
Thousands of supporters, many of them beating drums or holding signs of welcome, lined the long route from the airport to the president's residence.
Since taking office nearly three years ago, Ouattara has won praise from international partners for fostering an economic renaissance in French-speaking West Africa's largest economy.
Morocco has been instrumental in forming a social-economic partnership with the Ivory Coast that has paid off handsomely in various fields, including, social housing, banking, telecom, health services and economic ventures. -(ANA)
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