Guinea’s newly accredited ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany, Ibrahima Sory Sow, presented his Letters of Credence to President Christian Wulff at the Castle Bellevue in Berlin.
After taking ceremonial salute by a detachment of the German Marines (Navy), Ambassador Sow signed the official Guest Book and was ushered in by officials of the German Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Office to the Presidential Suite where he was received by the president.
President Wulff and Ambassador Sow later met behind closed doors for discussions believed to centre on bilateral relations between Germany and Guinea, regional as well as international issues.
Even though Germany is held in high esteem in Guinea, relations between the two countries have been erratic, to say the least, due largely to President Lansana Conte’s poor governance record and the coup of 23 December 2008. Economic ties with Guinea however, continued despite the difficulties in relations. Foreign trade with Guinea was worth EUR 108.2 million in 2009, a decline of 25.9 per cent compared with 2008. German imports from Guinea, mainly bauxite, amounted to EUR 82.1 million (a drop of 26.4 per cent) and German exports to Guinea, mainly textiles, machinery, chemical products and vehicles, were worth EUR 26.1 million.
Mellisa Sheridan, ANA Diplomatic Correspondent &
Musah Ibrahim Musah