Burkina Faso’s military ruler has in a surprise move met with the former president, Christian Kaboré who he overthrew in a coup last January.
Former President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was accompanied by another former president, Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo.
Officials said the meeting showed Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba’s desire for reconciliation and that the country’s security situation was discussed.
A video of the meeting shows handshakes and even some smiles as Burkina Faso’s military leader invites the man he ousted for a walk along the red carpet at a place he knows well – the presidential palace.
A statement said Mr Kaboré was there to discuss security issues and to try to defuse the political situation.
The military ruler has also controversially declared a three-year transition period before elections.