“France will be at your side;” Macron pledges support for Guinea-Bissau as military foils coup attempt.
Following news of a planned coup which was foiled by the army of Guinea-Bissau, reports have it that, French President Emmanuel Macron pledges support for the country through President Umaro Sissoco who is currently on a 48-hour work visit.
“I can assure you that Guinea-Bissau has found its way back after long years of instability, that France has always been at Guinea-Bissau’s side, we have been able to have a partner, to help Guinea-Bissau, as it has always done.” Macron said.
Speaking on his plans to shift attention to the African youth in a bid to rebrand the image of France and rebuild relationship with the continent after the longstanding atrocious colonial history as demonstrated in the just ended summit with some youth in Montpellier, the President said, “today, we have a new dynamic, and above all, there is the concern for the region and I know that you are attached to African youth.”
Macron further touched on plans by France to support Guinea-Bissau in what he said is the priority of the visiting President, Umaro Sissoco.
“France will be at your side to pursue these efforts, but also to support your country’s economic development choices. I am thinking in particular of the development of agriculture, an area that you have identified as one of your priorities, in which France can contribute its know-how and scientific expertise.” He said.
Guinea-Bissau’s army General Biagué Na Ntan earlier told reporters that a plot towards the overthrow of the government was earlier by the army. “We have managed to identify a group of FARP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of the People) soldiers who are mobilizing soldiers by buying their conscience against banknotes in order to subvert the established constitutional order,” the general said, whilst adding that, “it is the soldiers who received money who denounced the perpetrators of these despicable acts.”