Sunday, 12 June 2011
In two different articles dated 11 June 2011, by the Masonic Press Agency of Romania (APMR) Stifani and Bongo coincided in Washington... apparently?! Yes, we are talking about the "Grand Master" of Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) and the Grand Master of Gabon (also President of that African country).
According to APMR: Ali Bongo (Gabon's Grand Master) was received at the White House by Barack Obama. Ali Bongo (Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon) the Gabonese President has been received by his counterpart at the White House. This meeting has attracted criticism from overseas media, especially ABC's criticisms, where Bongo has been presented as a despot, "son of the dictatorial system" in Gabon, with a fortune of several hundred million euros. Also according to APMR: Coincidence or not, Stifani's visit to Washington coincides with Bongo's visit to the White House.
APMR was making a parallel with the event in Washington D.C. where several Masonic leaders attended the event: France, Germany, Romania, Italy, Russia, Colombia, Guatemala etc. Even though the United Grand Lodges of Germany no longer recognize GLNF and Stifani, both Grand Masters attended the event.
We already know that the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London issued a statement requiring UGLE's members not to attend nor to visit GLNF's affiliated Lodges.
Yet one question persists: Did Stifani asked Bongo to make an intervention within the American Masonic leaders "forums" regarding GLNF's case? For the moment we can not know but certainly the coincidence of having both in Washington at the same time could intrigue some of the European Freemasons and especially those in France.