Despite Crisis at Home, EU Assures Ivory Coast of Aid

The European Union will not back down on its pledge to help Ivory Coast recover from a recent political crisis despite the eurozone’s economic turmoil, according to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

Van Rompuy held talks with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday (Nov. 23) in Brussels. He said he assured Ouattara of “our commitment to back stabilization efforts” in the latter’s country, Agence France-Presse reports.

In July, the EU approved €125 million ($167 million) for five projects, which are part of a broader package worth €180 million for Ivory Coast’s national recovery program.

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“Security is returning,” according to Ouattara, as quoted by AFP. “We will ensure security returns through dialogue, reconciliation and truth. Security will be better if Ivorians feel better, live better.”

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