Although the Beninese president Patrice Talon is due to take the helm of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, his insistence that his economy minister chair the organisation's council of ministers has led to one of several disputes - and resulted in a special heads of state committee being set up to try to resolve the situation.
Following the coup of 24 January, the Guinea-Bissau president would like to establish himself as the natural go-between for the regional organisation and the new strongmen in Ouagadougou.
Foreign affairs minister Alpha Barry sent French authorities a request for his former colleagues's accreditation at the beginning of September.
Ahead of the diplomatic mission dispatched by ECOWAS to Conakry on September 10, secret negotiations over the departure of Guinea's president Alpha Condé, who is being held by the coup leaders, have been taking place.
Turkey's diplomats have been hard-wired to reject military rule ever since the failed 2016 coup attempt in Ankara, but they now find themselves having to make pragmatic choices with Guinea's new leaders to maintain an air of influence.
Since Alpha Condé was ousted, most of his officials seem willing to cooperate with the junta. But some officials, including those from the defence ministry, have gone further and appear to have given their full backing to Col Mamady Doumbouya.
Breaking news published on 07/09/2021 at 10 a.m. - The president of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara spoke at length on the telephone with coup leader Mamady Doumbouya, who overthrew president Alpha Condé the day before.
The ousting of President Alpha Condé by Col Mamady Doumbouya has not, as yet, affected the country's mining operations. In company headquarters, mining executives are waiting for the junta's next moves and making plans to manage the transition.
For the past month, Ivory Coast's president has been trying to bring together his counterparts from Benin and Niger, whose customs feud has the entire region in a gridlock, while also attempting to patch up relations between Patrice Talon and Faure Gnassingbé.
The regional organisation will hold a closed meeting over the next few days to discuss the situation in Mali after the interim vice president Assimi Goita forced the transitional president, Bah N'Daw, from power. Backstage, discussions between west African leaders have already begun.
Portuguese-speaking countries have been busy behind the scenes trying to get their voices heard in ECOWAS, which is dominated by French- and English-speaking members. The president of Guinea-Bissau has even reached out to foes Alassane Ouattara and Alpha Condé.
Patrick Klugman and Ivan Terel are to travel to Guinea this week to help an association of lawyers created by Cellou Dalein Diallo's UFDG party.