Saturday, December 04, 2010

Africa: Equatorial Guinea - Obiang Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation With Europe and Africa

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea

As part of his activities surrounding the 3rd African-European Summit in Libya, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) held meetings with world leaders to discuss cooperation and progress in the country. Equatorial Guinea has been making significant preparations in advance of the African Union Summit next year and moving toward achieving the U.N. Millennium Goals.

The purpose of the African-European Summit was to discuss investment, economic growth and job creation and create a joint strategy to integrate models of sustainable development and growth for Africa and Europe.

This was the third summit between the African continent and the European Union following those celebrated in Egypt in 2000 and Portugal in 2007. President Obiang held several important meetings with African leaders and with the main representatives of the European delegations. In a meeting with the minister of foreign affairs of France, Michele Alliot-Marie, the two discussed the wish of the French government for the country to increase bilateral cooperation and to focus more attention on the training of human resources. President Obiang later met with his Italian counterpart, Silvio Berlusconi.

Most of the people who met with President Obiang offered their support during the next African Union Summit and showed their support for Equatorial Guinea's work in the fight to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and those of the country's Horizon 2020 development plan.

During a meeting with the Portuguese prime minister, Jose Socrates, President Obiang discussed strengthening the relations that exist with Portugal and other aspects related to the possible entrance of Equatorial Guinea in the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Similarly, President Obiang also held meetings with Ali Bongo Ondimba, his Gabonese counterpart from the co-organizing country of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, and with John Evans Atta Mills, president of the Republic of Ghana, with whom he has excellent relations. President Obiang also met with the heads of state of Mozambique and Eritrea.

Also in attendance at the summit were President Obiang's minister in charge of missions, Alejandro Evuna Owono; the vice minister of foreign affairs, international cooperation and Francophonie, Eustaquio Nseng Esono; the ambassador of the Permanent Mission for Equatorial Guinean to the African Union, Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue and the ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Cairo, Benigno Pedro Matute Tang.