Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, who returned home last month a decade after falling from power, will meet ex-president Henri Konan Bedie this weekend, Bedie's office said on Monday, in the latest step in the country's long-running political crisis.
"The visit will be the chance for a fraternal reunion between the two presidents following president Laurent Gbagbo's return to his homeland as free man," it said in a statement.
The meeting between the two men -- former rivals who are now allies -- will take place on Saturday in Daoukro, a Bedie stronghold in central Ivory Coast.
Gbagbo, 76, Bedie, 87, and Alassane Ouattara, 79, the current president, have dominated Ivory Coast's political scene for decades, often plunging into rivalries or forging alliances.
During Gbagbo's decade-long stay in office, the country was wracked by revolt and turmoil, culminating in a conflict that erupted after he refused to cede electoral defeat to Ouattara.
Gbagbo was arrested in April 2011 and hauled before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of crime against humanity resulting from the violence, which claimed some 3,000 lives.
He was acquitted in January 2019, a decision that was upheld in March this year and enabled him to return home on June 17.
Ouattara, his erstwhile rival, has officially welcomed his return, seeing in it a possibility of easing the country's entrenched problems.