The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, appeared on the set of the Equatorial Guinea Television programme, A Fondo, to be interviewed.
The first question in the interview referred to the candidacy of Equatorial Guinea for the position of non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
The minister responded by recalling that the United Nations Security Council is the only international body charged with security, made up of fifteen members, and among them only five (the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom) have the right to veto.
Among the fifteen members there are three African countries: Egypt, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea is the only candidate country from Central Africa.
Furthermore, the minister recalled that it was in 2015, in Johannesburg (South Africa) when Equatorial Guinea presented its candidacy to the Council, thus beginning its campaign that has lasted until today, when it has left the environment of the African Union and has spread internationally due to the imminence of the elections, set for 2nd June.
Mba Mokuy also provided momentous figures regarding the vote: 193 countries are going to vote at the United Nations, and only 54 votes are African, so that approximately 129 votes in favour are needed.
Equatorial Guinea has the votes of the African Union, according to the minister, “but the campaign cannot end there; we must speak to Asia; we must speak to Latin America…”.
The minister announced that he will shortly be travelling to New York to support the Equatorial Guinea Office at the UN, in the campaign for the candidacy.
The President is also carrying out his campaign, calling his counterparts”, affirmed the head of Foreign Affairs, and he affirmed that “at this moment there are a lot of countries that are supporting us, but we cannot afford to relax”.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea