Benin/meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and his Beninese counterpart
Paris, February 8, 2016
The President had a meeting at the Elysée Palace on 8 February with Mr Thomas Boni Yayi, President of Benin. He congratulated him on his two terms as leader of the Republic of Benin and underlined the vitality of Beninese democracy. He expressed the wish for the presidential election at the end of February to go as smoothly as possible.
The two heads of state talked about the situation in the region and signalled their active efforts to fight terrorist groups in West Africa.
They jointly called on the President of Burundi to end the violence in his country and agree to hold talks with his opponents, without any preconditions./.