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Vol 40 No 2

Published 22nd January 1999


Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan's anglos

Any diplomatic damage caused by the postponement of President Henri Konan Bédié’s official visit to Britain (AC Vol 39 No 24) seems to have been repaired fast. Whitehall’s Minister for Africa Tony Lloyd stopped over in Abidjan on a whistle-stop tour of West Africa in November to try to reschedule the trip for later this year. His escale may have helped save a major contract for a UK-based consortium considered at risk after the Bédié affair.

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