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Sirleaf, Quattara pledge regional approach to combat terrorism

Presidents Ellen Johnson and Alasanne Ouatara have called for increased, concerted, regional and international efforts in curbing terrorism. The two leaders spoke Wednesday in Abidjan following bilateral talks, which focused primarily on security.

According to a dispatch from Abidjan, the two leaders were addressing a joint media stakeout at the Presidential Palace in the Ivorian capital. President Sirleaf again expressed great sadness over the recent terror attack on the Ivorian resort of Grand Bassam, which left at least 19 persons dead. The Liberian leader said – with the countries of the region still experiencing fragility and economic stress, hence, the menace of terrorism if not urgently contained could pose an existential threat.

She praised the swift response of the Ivorian security forces, as a result of which “many lives became saved”. President Sirleaf said there is ardent need for increased surveillance and other internal and cross-border measures to prevent further attacks.

Also speaking, President Ouattara said La Côte D’Ivoire will not give in to terrorism, adding that Ivorians are a resilient people. He called on his Liberian counterpart to join him in pushing for a regional approach through ECOWAS. “We must deal with the root causes and attack the problem from its source”, he said. The two leaders agreed to place security top on the agenda at the next meeting of ECOWAS.

It can be recalled that a group of terrorists on Sunday attacked Grand Bassam, Côte D’Ivoire leaving several civilians and security personnel dead.-Press release

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