The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Bonifacio Mitogo Bindang, received on 10th April the former Spanish minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Miguel A�ngel Moratinos, in his capacity as United Nations High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.
The audience took place at the ministerial headquarters, where the former Spanish minister explained to the Equatoguinean diplomatic authorities the aims followed by the Alliance and the role that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea could play, taking into account the role that in recent years our country is playing in the international context, particularly on the United Nations Security Council and on the African Union Peace and Security Council.
The programme was adopted by the United Nations following the attacks of 11th September 2001 in New York, under the General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon, with its headquarters in this North American city. The idea was proposed by the former president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the 59th General Assembly of the UN , on 21st September, 2004.
The proposal defended an alliance between the West and the Arab and Muslim world, in order to combat international terrorism through non-military means. Moratinos, in his visits to Turkey, Spain, Equatorial Guinea and Morocco, brought in his papers criteria on how our country could join the efforts of over 144 nations which form part of this Alliance, in order to create a collective effort in favour of working to eliminate aspects that damage the values of humanity, such as intolerance, xenophobia, hate and terrorism.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office