The president of the Ivory Coast, the Honorable Alassane Dramane Ouattara, was speaking on Sunday, June 17, at KKL-JNF’s Grove of the Nations tree-planting site in Jerusalem, where the president planted an olive tree. Upon arrival at the site, which is located on Mount Herzl, just below Yad Vashem, President Ouattara unveiled a plaque marking the special occasion.
"As you may know, the Ivory Coast is a land of peace, and peace was the second religion of our first president, who established special relations with the state of Israel as early as 1962, a half century ago," President Ouattara continued. "We are here to continue and maintain this special connection and close bond with Israel. I am convinced that over the years, this tree will attest to the lasting connection between our two countries. We are very grateful to KKL-JNF for affording us this opportunity, and we hope to visit Israel once again in the near future."
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