Paul Kagame’s visit to Conakry illustrates a strengthening of cooperation between Guinea and Rwanda

Paul Kagame’s visit to Conakry illustrates a strengthening of cooperation between Guinea and Rwanda
Paul Kagame’s visit to Conakry illustrates a strengthening of cooperation between Guinea and Rwanda

Paul Kagame is once again in Guinea: after a visit to Senegalese President Bassirou Diomaye Faye in Dakar, the Rwandan head of state is in Conakry on May 13, 2024 for a “friendship visit” to his counterpart, General Mamadi Doumbouya.

In the last year alone, the two men have officially met twice, a mark of a strengthening of cooperation between the two countries on the economic, mining and perhaps even security levels.

This third meeting between Presidents Paul Kagame and Mamadi Doumbouya follows that in Kigali last January.

The Guinean head of state then came to inaugurate a new embassy, ​​a further sign of the acceleration of diplomatic relations with Rwanda.

And eight months before this stay in Kigali, it was Paul Kagame who visited his counterpart. This was the very first official visit by a head of state to Guinea since the coup d’état of September 5, 2021.

At the end of these meetings, Rwanda and Guinea had already announced the establishment of a joint cooperation commission which should cover several sectors, notably agriculture, telecoms and the digitalization of administration.

Among the future important projects, there is the opening by the company RwandAir of a direct air service between Conakry and Kigali, as well as the arrival of the Rwandan company Aldira which is to build a gold refinery. Two projects which had already been launched under the power of Alpha Condé, the deposed former Guinean president.

Last March, an armed group attacked a police station in the Malian town of Kourémalé, just across the border with Guinea, which until now remains spared from the jihadist threat.

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