Situation in Gabon, West Africa a big issue for Europe - Josep Borrell

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

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# 30 August 2023 12:21 (UTC +04:00)

European Union defence ministers are to discuss the situation in Gabon, the chief co-ordinator and representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) within the European Union Josep Borrell said on Wednesday, adding that a coup, if confirmed, would heap more instability on the region, APA reports citing Reuters.

A group of senior Gabonese military officers appeared on national television in the early hours of Wednesday and said they had taken power, after the state election body announced President Ali Bongo had won a third term.

"If this is confirmed, it is another military coup which increases instability in the whole region," said Borrell, speaking at a meeting of EU defence ministers in Toledo.

"The whole area, starting with Central African Republic, then Mali, then Burkina Faso, now Niger, maybe Gabon, it's in a very difficult situation and certainly the ministers ... have to have a deep thought on what is going on there and how we can improve our policy in respect with these countries," he said.

"This is a big issue for Europe," he added.

The signs of a coup in Gabon come just weeks after members of the presidential guard in Niger seized power and established a junta.

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