Air Bongo's N° 1 frequent flyer in Washington D.C. ???
It has just been confirmed by several Brethren in Washington last week. François Stifani was there accompanied by 2 of his apparatchiks and he did meet ali Bongo.
LML in English cannot guarantee the following report posted on http://masonictimes.blogspot.com, the website of the Masonic Press Agency of Roumania (APMR). Until 5 minutes ago we had never heard of this press agency, nor of the Masonic Times. Be that as it may, the article alleges that François Stifani and Ali Bongo were in Washington D.C. at the same time. Were they there together ? Did they actually meet ? If “yes” is the answer to either of these questions, then what was the purpose of their travelling to Washington ? As far as we know there have been no major international masoni functions in Washington over the past week or so, despite the report suggesting that the GMs of the Grand Lodges of a number of countries including Germany being present. A bit of googling quickly confirms that Ali Bongo met with Barack Obama at the White House on June 9th.
Googling François Stifani, Ali Bongo and Washington DC brings up nothing. And if François Stifani, who is definitely not a Grand Maste,r had planned to fly to Washington where GMs of a number of Grand Lodges were gathering we’re sure our spies on the 3rd floor of the Pisan bunker would have alerted us.
Take it with a grain of salt !!!
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.