After Cameroon and Benin, Guinea-Bissau was the last stop on Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the African continent. He arrived this morning and was received by his colleague Umaro Sissoco Embaló, who has just taken over the rotating presidency of ECOWAS. After their meeting, the two heads of state held a press conference at the Bissau-Guinean presidency.
With our special envoys in Bissau, Amelie Tulet andBoris Vichyt
The French presidential motorcade has already returned to the airport, escorted by residents of Bissau who have come to greet Emmanuel Macron returning to Paris. It was the first time that a French head of state had visited Guinea-Bissau.
To return to the highlights of the joint press conference that took place during the presidency with Umaro Sissoco Embaló: At the regional level, faced with threats to the stability of the countries, the President of Guinea-Bissau wants to invite Emmanuel Macron to the next ECOWAS summit and the French President assures him of his availability.
Umaro Sissoco Embalóva will soon meet the Malian junta, “I will be there to discuss with our Malian brothers,” he said, “I think we will find an agreement, it is very important that we finish with the transitions.”
Bissau-Guinea’s president is also putting the project of creating an anti-coup force on the table. An “interesting number”, according to Emmanuel Macron, but we don’t have more details at the moment.
At the national level, this visit will be an opportunity to relaunch French investments in Guinea-Bissau, and Emmanuel Macron has announced the opening of a French school for the start of the 2023 school year.