On September 5, the US Embassy in Conakry issued a security alert warning U.S. citizens of “ongoing potential for disruption, demonstrations, gunfire”:
The events of September 5, 2021 continue to evolve in Guinea. U.S. citizens are reminded to continue to monitor local media, to remain at home or to shelter in place, to avoid demonstrations and large crowds, and to plan safety measures that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
Meanwhile, Foggy Bottom condemned the military seizure of power in the country:
Violence and any extra-constitutional measures will only erode Guinea’s prospects for peace, stability, and prosperity. These actions could limit the ability of the United States and Guinea’s other international partners to support the country as it navigates a path toward national unity and a brighter future for the Guinean people.
We urge all parties to forego violence and any efforts not supported by the Constitution and stand by the rule of law. We reiterate our encouragement of a process of national dialogue to address concerns sustainably and transparently to enable a peaceful and democratic way forward for Guinea to realize its full potential.
Senior FSO Steven Koutsis assumed office as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at US Embassy Conakry in September 2020. Mr. Koutsis most recently served as CDA in Khartoum, Sudan from November 2016 to September 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Koutsis was Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.
Audu Besmer, a career FSO since 1999 arrived as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Conakry in August 2019. His prior overseas assignments include Management Officer in Togo, a detail to the Treasury Department as Deputy Financial Attaché in Japan, and postings at the U.S. Embassies in Zimbabwe and the Dominican Republic.
Here is a photo of #Guinea president Alpha Conde in the custody of said military officers today. There has been widespread, rising discontent within the ranks over the past year, most especially in the aftermath of what many considered a rigged and stolen election last October. pic.twitter.com/KMrdyqpmN0
— Jeffrey Smith (@Smith_JeffreyT) September 5, 2021
Who is the 41-year-old coup leader in Guinea? https://t.co/kZl6MW1XQH
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) September 7, 2021
— @embassyconakry (@EmbassyConakry) September 6, 2021
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) September 5, 2021
From our director @Smith_JeffreyT in October 2019:
"[President Alpha] Condé’s efforts to remain in office risk derailing #Guinea’s nascent democracy while sending the country on an unpredictable path of instability."https://t.co/RMe7vVgzSL #GuineaCoup
— Vanguard Africa (@VanguardAfrica) September 5, 2021
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