After stopping in Yaoundé, where he started his African tour on Monday July 25, Emmanuel Macron arrived in Benin and spoke on Wednesday with his Beninese counterpart, Patrice Talon. The tete-a-tete between the two men hard More than an hour.
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The two presidents first welcomed the good bilateral relations between France and Benin, “uninhibited and freed from the burdens of the past” according to Patrice Talon, “exemplary” according to Emmanuel Macron. But the security issue, in a context of the fight against terrorism, and cultural cooperation, while Benin is at the forefront of requests for the return of works of art, dominated their discussions.
Fight against terrorism
Safety first, then. While, at the end of 2021, Benin suffered them first jihadist attacks on its territory and that France, leaving Mali, is in the process of reorganizing its system in the Sahel, Patrice Talon said that the “cooperation” between his country and France was not yet up to the his expectations. He called for more equipment and military equipment, including border surveillance drones, as part of the Accra initiative, which also includes four other countries in the region (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana , Niger, Togo).
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