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Guinea-Bissau: President calls extraordinary ECOWAS summit to discuss security


Guinea-Bissau’s president, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, who is the current chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has called an extraordinary summit of the organisation to discuss security in the region, his office has announced

According to information posted on the official Facebook page of the office of the Guinea-Bissau head of state, the extraordinary summit is to take place on 13 and 14 October, in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, and will be attended by major international partners as well as member governments.

The aim of the summit is to “achieve a serious and in-depth debate” and “urgent consultation” on security issues, in light of the coups d’état that have taken place in Mali, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, as well as “terrorist actions unleashed by jihadists, which have hit some countries in West and Central Africa.

“Thus and in search of a strategy and concerted actions between ECOWAS countries and its main development partners, General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, travelled on Monday to Paris, where he held a working meeting with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, whose theme focused on the current political situation being experienced at the level of West and Central Africa, following the example of what he did in New York with the prime ministers of Germany, Portugal and the European Union,” the statement by the president’s office reads.

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