ECCAS and ECOWAS held a summit on security

This was announced in one of the messages received on Tuesday, March 24 by the Head of State and Government, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, sent by the Chairman of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), H.E. Idriss Deby Itno.

The Secretary General of the ECCAS, Ahmad Allam-Mi, delivered a message from the Chairman of the ECCAS and Chadian President, H.E. Idriss Deby Itno, to H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, during the audience held with the Equatorial Guinean president in the People’s Palace of Malabo, in the presence of the Minister of State for Regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo.

According to the envoy, the message content is about holding a summit between the ECCAS and the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), with the aim of combining strategies to combat the terrorist threat from the Islamist group Boko Haram.

-“I have asked President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on behalf of the Head of State of Chad and Chairman of the Economic Community of Central African States, to authorize the holding of the conference in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea,” declared the Chadian envoy minutes after the meeting with the President of Equatorial Guinea; a meeting which was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Chad in Malabo, Paul Ngaryanan.

Moreover, the presidential agenda for March 24 also included an audience with the Archbishop Emeritus, Monsignor Ildefonso Obama Obono, the first meeting held so far this year, and that has served to share views on the progress of the country and the Catholic Church.

Ildefonso Obama Obono was Archbishop of Malabo for twenty-five years, from which he resigned in 2013 after turning 75 years old, according to ecclesiastical norms. His resignation was accepted two years later by Pope Francis, naming Monsignor Juan Nsue Edjang as Archbishop of Malabo, who next April 25 will take possession of the post.

To close the day’s agenda, the President granted an audience to the delegation of the Republic of Benin, led by Minister of State for Higher Education, François Abiola, also carrying a text message sent by the Head of State, H.E. Thomas Yayi Boni, within the framework of the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation that unite the governments of Malabo and Porto Novo.

During the dialogue, the Minister of State of Benin introduced H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to the Director of the Inter-State School of Science and Veterinary Medicine in Dakar (Senegal), Lui Joseph Pangui, and expressed his hope that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea can take part in this school.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, attended the final audience.

Text: Maria Jesus Nsang Nguema (Presidential Press)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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