Guinea and Mali will not participate in the extraordinary ECOWAS summit which will take place in the capital in Accra on Thursday. That is what Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, reveals.
According to her, the two West African countries have been suspended from the 15-member body following recent coups.
Speaking to the media yesterday in Accra ahead of the ECOWAS summit, Ayorkor Botchwey said: “Guinea will not be at the table tomorrow (Thursday). 13 countries have been invited; Guinea and Mali are on suspension and therefore, they will not be part of the meeting. Guinea especially because we are going to be discussing them so they cannot be there.”
“In any case, they are not part of ECOWAS at the moment and therefore cannot be there”, hammered the head of the Ghanaian diplomacy.
Indeed, the West African bloc not only condemned the putsch that toppled President Alpha Condé on September 5, but also suspended Guinea from the organization’s decision-making bodies last week before sending a mission to the meets putschists.