ECOWAS: the diplomatic offensive of Mohamed Béavogui

The Prime Minister of the transition in Guinea, Mohamed Béavogui, considered a development veteran for his long practical experience in international organizations, began on Friday, October 15, 2021, a diplomatic offensive towards ECOWAS, his very first official mission outside of the country since his appointment ten days ago. The former Director General of African Risk Capacity (ARC) and, as such, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations who has a period of one month to submit to the President of the Transition the nomenclature of his government, met in Accra with Ghanaian Nana Akufo Addo, current President of ECOWAS.

The two men discussed the evolution of the political situation in Guinea and the progress made since September 5, when the military took power. The Prime Minister of the Transition notably requested the lifting of sanctions and the support of ECOWAS while asking for time to allow Guineans to “talk to each other”. Mohamed Béavogui must also, taking his journey, set course for Abidjan where he is to meet President Alassane Ouattara who, with the Ghanaian President, is mandated by ECOWAS to closely follow the evolution of the Guinean transition.

The objective of the mission for the Guinean Prime Minister, mandated by the president of the transition, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, is to obtain the support of the international community via support from the sub-regional organization. Sanctioned following the Putsch of September 5 by ECOWAS, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya includes Guinea in a strategy of openness to reassure and legitimize itself with the international community while showing firmness regarding the self-determination of Guineans on their own conditions of the transition.

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