The accredited Equatorial Guinea ambassador to Ethiopia, Crisantos Obama Ondo, granted an audience to the ambassador from Panama to Egypt, Alejandro Ivan Mendoza Gantes, in which they looked at the interest of the Central American country in strengthening relations of cooperation with Africa, through the African Union (AU).
A delegation from the Panamanian Government led by its ambassador, Alejandro Ivan Mendoza Gantes, is negotiating with the AU regarding the possibility that the Panamanian President, H. E. Juan Carlos Valera, gives a speech during the next summit of the African organisation.
Following various meetings, the conclusion is that it is not a possibility within the constitution, as it is an alliance between Africa and South America, which does not include Central America and the Caribbean. Furthermore, the Panamanian Government has launched a foreign policy regarding Africa aimed at deepening and strengthening relations, due to the high proportion of African descendants in the Panamanian people and Government.
The Government of Panama has requested support from Equatorial Guinea as far as is possible, so that H. E. Juan Carlos Valera is invited and has bilateral meetings with interested delegations.
The Equatoguinean ambassador Obama Ondo reaffirmed that Equatorial Guinea would contribute in order to offer Panama all the support it needed in obtaining its goals, for a country which in addition to being a member of the Hispanic Community, also shares historical cultural analogies in various areas.
With respect to bilateral cooperation, the two diplomats gave greatest importance to the sectors of human resource training, and the exchange of experiences in the maritime and aviation sectors, among others.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office