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Is Turkey challenging Egyptian influence in Guinea-Bissau?

Amid regional warnings of Turkey's growing role in West Africa, including Guinea-Bissau, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a call from Umaro Sissoco Embalo, president of Guinea-Bissau, to discuss ways to develop cooperation in the economic and security fields.
A Convoy of the opposition Presidential candidate, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, during the election campaign, ready to leave Bissau for the interior of the country on November 7th, 2019. - Sissoco was accused by former Prime Minister, Aristides Gomes, of trying to organize a coup'detat that never came into action. Embalo, a leader of the muslim community in Guinea Bissau, denies all of the accusations. It is a tense political period about two weeks before the Presidential elections. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/

Despite the fact that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's one-year term as head of the African Union ended in 2020, Cairo's cooperation with African countries is growing as a fundemental pillar of Egypt's foreign policy. On March 4, Sisi received Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo in Ittihadia Helioplis Palace, where they discussed economic, military and security cooperation.

On Feb. 20, Sisi received a call from Embalo, who stressed his country's keenness to strengthen bilateral relations in various fields. According to an Egyptian presidency's statement, the two presidents agreed to work on improving trade exchange and developing the capabilities of Guinea-Bissau cadres to lay the foundations of state institutions and face the security challenges in the region.

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