Congolese President and President of the African Union FélixTshisekedia has been touring West Africa since July 15. His journey gradually led him to Ghana, Guinea and finally Guinea-Bissau. The situation in Mali, the difficult relations between the Guinean Alpha Condé and his Bissau-Guinean counterpart Umaro Sissoco Embalo were mentioned during the meeting chaired by Presidents Tshisekedi and Embalo.
as reported from Bissau, Allen Yero Embalo
After Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, it’s the turn The President of the Congolese, FélixTshisekedi, also the current president of the African Union to set foot on the land of Bissau-Guinea.
The visit is part of the bilateral framework, but the situation in Mali where President Embalo wants to be personally involved in the search for solutions was mentioned. The second stumbling block mentioned during the face-to-face meeting was the terrible relationship between Guinea’s President Alpha Condé and his Bissau-Guinea counterpart Umaro Sissoco Embalo. On this specific point, President Tshisekedi, who was received in Conakry on Friday, declares that there is no problem between the two countries. “I did not know they were in trouble,” the Congolese president said. It is a relationship that one can have between an older and his younger brother. Guinea-Bissau and Guinea Conakry are two fraternal countries, two fraternal peoples and that is the most important thing for me, the rest are details ”.
President Embalor relativizes this dispute and says that there is no cloud between him and his elder Alpha Condé.
In September last year, President Condé decided to unilaterally close its borders with its neighbors, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. This situation had been the subject of a very heated exchange of words between Presidents Embalo and Condé during the 59th Summit of Accra Heads of State. The two Guineas share a common border of 324 km.
Prior to this grand ceremony, the two heads of state had a one-on-one meeting followed by a working session with the official delegations in the two countries.
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