Guinea: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 15th September 2021.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the African Union on the political situation in Guinea.

Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Guinea.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government is concerned by the political and security situation in Guinea following the recent military coup. In my statement on 6 September, I [Minister Duddridge] set out the Government's condemnation of the removal by force of the President of Guinea, Alpha Condé. Our partners in the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, the United Nations, and others have joined us in this condemnation.

We have called for the immediate release of the President and for all parties to engage in peaceful dialogue to ease tensions, to prevent any further violence and to uphold democratic principles, including the rule of law. We are engaging with our international partners, including the African Union, on the situation in Guinea. We continue to monitor events closely through our Embassy in Conakry.

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