Washington's new ambassador to Bissau has said the reopening of the American embassy in Guinea- Bissau, which closed during a civil conflict between 1998-99, is a complex question.
According to a report reaching here from Bossau on Wednesday, Janice L. Jacobs, presenting her diplomatic credentials to President Nino Vieira Tuesday, said the US embassy in neighboring Senegal has managed to maintain normal bilateral cooperation since the closure of the Bissau US mission seven years ago.
As well as being accredited as Washington's Bissau ambassador, Jacobs also serves as the head of the US embassy in Dakar, Senegal. Questioned on the possible reopening of the US embassy in Bissau, Jacobs said such a decision was complex and a move that only her Washington superiors could sanction.
There is currently a US diplomat at the Dakar embassy working full-time on Guinean matters, noted Jacobs. Washington intends to open an American Cultural Center in Bissau, which will provide training course for young Guineans.