Equatorial Guinea and African Union speak with single voice on refugees in Africa

The meeting between the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, and the Ambassador Minata Samete Cessouma, served as a framework for the Commissioner for Political Affairs to provide an account to the Vice-President of the main issues being addressed by her mission in Equatorial Guinea. She also expressed recognition by the AU of the work that the Equatoguinean Government has done in matters of development, peace and security, both at a national level and in its leadership in the African institution on the matter of refugees, returnees and the internally displaced.

We spoke about the theme of the year, which is based on refugees and the internally displaced on the African continent. In our conversations, we analysed how to find a lasting solution for forced displacements on the continent”, said the diplomat before the press.

In reply, and as he said yesterday to the President of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Vice-President thanked the commissioner for her participation in the work of the Third National Economic Conference and for the excellent action plan defined within the framework of activities under the theme of the year for the African Union, relating to refugees, returnees and the internally displaced.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue highlighted the need to make a greater effort on a continental level, in order to combat the deep causes that create refugees and displaced persons in Africa, such as recurrent instability. He also took the opportunity to congratulate the African Union for the missions in areas affected by natural disasters, such as Mozambique and others.

“It was also an occasion for me to congratulate the Vice-president and the Equatoguinean people for their hospitality, and for the excellent work that is being done at the Third National Economic Conference. It is an occasion for us to be able to analyse the problems on the continent and see how together we can find a solution”, added Minata Sabade.

The Vice-President concluded by highlighting the importance that the Government of Equatorial Guinea gives to the AU and the determination to strengthen current relations of cooperation. The commissioner declared the commitment of the institution to accompany the Government of Equatorial Guinea in its process of integrated development.

Accompanying the Vice-president during the audience was the Minister for foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and the Ambassador-Representative from the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission before the African Union and the UN Commission, Simeon Oyono Esono and Crisantos Obama Ondo, respectively.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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