closing the border with Guinea, the president’s astonishment

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Bissau-Guinea President Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Wednesday reacted to the unilateral decision of the Conakry authorities to close the borders with Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. Ten days before the presidential election on 18 October 2020, Guinea is therefore closing its borders without the reason why this closure is officially known.

In Bissau, the reason seems curious because this border closure only affects three of the six countries around Guinea. The two guineas share a common boundary of 324 km.

We will never close our borders with Guinea Conakry. We do not know the reason for such a decision. By our side, know that there is no threat to his country. We are not rogue states or states that have bandits to destabilize another state. We regret such a decision on his part. The dispute between Alpha Condé and me is a minor issue compared to the interests of our two states. President Alpha may have his reasons, which I do not know. What I can assure you is that our two countries will continue to be good neighbors and good friends.

Umaro Sissoco Embalo, President of Bissau-Guinea

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