Greece expresses "deepest condolences" for sudden death of Gabonese FM

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Greece's Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias expressed his deepest condolences to the family, friends, the people of Gabon and its government, for the sudden death of the country's Foreign Affairs Minister Michael Moussa Adamo, on Twitter on Friday.

Dendias and Adamo had met last week during the Greek minister's official visit to Gabon. In his tweet, Dendias attached a photo of the two ministers together, taken during said visit.

"Today we mourn the loss of a close friend of Greece and of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias," the Greek foreign ministry also tweeted.

Adamo died of a heart attack during a cabinet meeting, according to the government and a presidential source.

The 62-year-old who was an ally of President Ali Bongo Ondimba died “despite efforts by specialists” to revive him, the government said in a brief statement on Friday.

A source close to the presidential palace said that he “had sat down at the start of the cabinet meeting and began to feel unwell”, according to AFP.

Moussa Adamo was taken to a military hospital while unconscious but died just after midday, the source who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

President Bongo described Moussa Adamo on Twitter as “a great diplomat, a true statesman”.

“For me, he was, first of all, a friend, loyal and faithful, whom I could always count on,” said Bongo.

Moussa Adamo was born in 1961 in the northeastern town of Makokou. He started out as a presenter on national television and eventually, in 2000, while Bongo was defence minister, Moussa Adamo became chief of staff to the defence minister.

When Bongo was elected president on the death of his father Omar Bongo Ondimba in 2009, Moussa Adamo served as his special adviser.

After a decade as Gabon’s ambassador to the United States until 2020, he became first defence minister and then foreign minister in March last year.