Chamber of Deputies looks at agreements signed by Government with friendly countries

On 28th August the Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy in the Chamber of Deputies looked at the proposals for ratification of various agreements signed by the Government with friendly countries, for the establishment of cooperation of reciprocal interest between the two parties.

They dealt with agreements signed with the Republic of India, for the creation of a mixed commission on cooperation; the exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports, and the setting up of an International Solar Alliance; the agreements on the suppression of visas for diplomatic, official and service passports signed with the Republic of Ghana and the Pluri-national State of Bolivia, and the framework of cooperation agreement also signed with Bolivia; agreements that have already received favourable decisions from the Constitutional Court.

In his appearance before the parliamentary commission, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono, began by recalling the need for governments to adopt actions and mechanisms which reinforce their foreign policy, when faced with such an interdependent, globalised world.

Then he spoke about the relations between our country and the Republic of India, which were strengthened by the visits made by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to the country, in 2015 and 2018, within the framework of the celebration of the Summit on the India-African Cooperation Forum, and the first summit on the International Solar Alliance, when delegations from the two countries further strengthened consultation already began in some sectors, in order to intensify bilateral cooperation in certain specific key development areas.

The relations between Malabo and New Delhi were marked in August 2017 by the signing of agreements for the creation of a mixed commission on cooperation and the exemption of visas for diplomatic, official and service passport and a framework agreement for the setting up of the International Solar Alliance, and the strengthening was demonstrated through the exchange of top level visits, such as that of the President of India, H. E. Ram Nath Kovin, who visited our country in April this year.

The Government is also strengthening ties with countries in our region, in order to boost its strategic and operational capabilities, and improve South-South Cooperation, which justifies the agreement on the exemption of visas for diplomatic, official and service passports signed in August 2017 with the Republic of Ghana, during the State visit made by the President of that country, H. E. Nana Ado, to Equatorial Guinea.

Furthermore, our country has been extending cooperation with respect to Latin-American countries, through exchanges that, according to the Government, has transformed into strong, solid relations in all political, economic, commercial, social and cultural aspects, with the aim of transforming the Republic of Equatorial Guinea into the entry port to Africa for Spanish-speaking States.

Within the framework of these exchanges, the President of the Republic made an official visit to Bolivia in November 2017, at the invitation of his counterpart, H. E. Evo Morales, to consolidate relations between the two countries.

This visit concluded with the signing, in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, of a framework agreement on cooperation, and an agreement for the exemption of visas for diplomatic, official and service passports, in order to facilitate the passage of citizens from the two States on their official or transitory visits to the other State, for a period of no longer than 90 days.

Apart from bilateral cooperation, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, as member of the UN Security Council, the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, and the UNESCO Executive Council, must also be more committed and show solidarity with global initiatives in favour of the well-being of peoples and the planet.

During the celebration of the first International Solar Alliance Summit, which took place in New Delhi (India), the Government demonstrated the importance it gives to this question, with a senior delegation, led by the President of the Republic.

In the same spirit, our country joined the initiative to embrace renewable solar energy, through the signing of an agreement on the setting up of the International Solar Alliance, an idea that arose in November 2015, during the celebration of COP21 in Paris, with the aim of providing a global response to the fight against climate change, via the use and exploitation of solar energy for sustainable development.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs concluded his speech by asking for support from the deputies for the ratification of all these agreements, while affirming that his department, as manager and executor of the foreign policy of the Government, is intensifying the implementation of actions and agreements that lead towards subregional, continental and international cooperation, capable of promoting better political, economic, technical, scientific, diplomatic and cultural interaction with all friendly countries.

The deputies supported the ratification of all the agreements, and praised the Government for the surge that Equatoguinean diplomacy has been experiencing in recent years.

However, some deputies asked for explanations regarding specific aspects of the signed agreements, and the benefits they will provide for our country, in addition to the way the International Solar Alliance will be implemented; questions that were clarified by the Government delegation.

After hearing the clarifications, the parliamentary commission approved the ratification of the presented agreements, with their conclusions being submitted to the sovereign plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies.

Source: Chamber of Deputies Press Office

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