Ivory Coast Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi arrived in Bouake

Mutinous soldiers are seen during a meeting with Ivory Coast's Minister of Defense Alain-Richard Donwahi in Bouake, Ivory Coast January 7, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon - RTX2XVW6

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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