It’s a rumor that Mamadi Doumbouya would probably have done without. While his Defense Minister, Aboubacar Sidiki Camara, has just landed in Guinea on June 18, all of Conakry is wondering. Has the minister gone to negotiate with the French for the establishment of a military base on national territory? For several weeks, the rumor of such an agreement had been circulating in the capital. Doumbouya “the French”, the one who was a legionnaire, could he give at the former colonizing power a fallback base in a region where it is less and less welcome?
Aboubacar Sidiki Camara defended himself to the press on his return. Brandishing in front of the camera the letter of invitation from the former French Minister of the Armies Florence Parly, the retired general assures him: he left for Paris – his first official trip as a member of the transitional government – to participate at the Eurosatory exhibition, a high mass for military equipment manufacturers which is held every two years in the French capital. That’s all. “We do not establish a foreign base via a Minister Delegate for National Defence, sweeps away Aboubacar Sidiki Camara. It is the prerogative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This trip, which was intended to be discreet, did not fail to make people react. Especially since the Minister took the opportunity to meet the Chief of the French Armed Forces, with whom il discussed security situation and bilateral cooperation.
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Aboubacar Sidiki Camara knows France very well, having completed most of his military training there, including paratrooper training in Pau, the prestigious Saint-Cyr School and the Institute for Advanced National Defense Studies. “He did everything there: from the school of gendarmerie officers to the School of War”, observes an officer. The retired general’s first wife and some children have also lived there for years. “He is the darling of the French – who probably appreciate him even more than they appreciate Doumbouya”, judges a specialist in defense issues. Unlike the president of the transition, who came out of nowhere or almost before seizing the reins of the country, the new minister is well known to all those who have worked closely with the Guinean army. of loin.
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