On 22nd April, the leaders of Djibouti and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Ismail Omar Guelle and H. E. Obiang Ngiema Mbasogo, looked at various questions of bilateral interest, at a courtesy audience held at the Presidential Palace, in relation to matters opening the way to the establishment of diplomatic relations.
At the bilateral meeting, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo thanked his counterpart for the invitation to his country, on a State visit that served as a framework for reciprocal fact-finding, and the establishment of the basis for future cooperation.
The Equatoguinean President stated that the invitation had served to look at the challenges to be overcome and the objectives outlined in order to strengthen the good cooperation between Djibouti and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea within the framework of South- South cooperation, which their governments prioritise as vital for the development of their peoples.
As two countries which are small in size and population, we must maintain close relations in order to adopt common strategies. I believe that Africa should adopt common policies in order to fight against the current waves of instability, terrorism, piracy and mercenary activities”, declared the Equatoguinean Head of State.
In addition, he pointed out that Equatorial Guinea was a member of the UN Security Council for the next two years, which “constitutes an opportunity to defend the policy of peace and stability on the continent, which is viable if there is consensus within the African Union”.
The President also issued an invitation to his counterpart to make a State visit to Equatorial Guinea, the date of which will be set by the departments for Foreign Affairs.
At this bilateral meeting, the Equatoguinean party was represented, in addition to the President, by the Minister of State for the Presidency, Charged with Missions, Alejandro Evuna Owono; The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono and the Minister to the Presidency of the Government, Charged with External Security, Juan Antonio Bibang Nchuchuma, among others.
The Republic of Djibouti delegation was made up of the Head of State, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mahamud Ali Yousuf and the Head of the Health Department, Djama Elmi Okie, among others.
The Foreign Ministers, in the presence of the the two Heads of State, signed various framework agreements on economic, commercial, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation,and the development and reciprocal protection of investment, and a memorandum of understanding on policy consultation.
After signing these agreements, the Presidents gave a press conference to the media.
Continuing with the official programme of the visit, the deputies from the Djibouti Assembly held a working meeting with the Equatoguinean President, on 22nd April, at the headquarters of this legislative institution. Mohamed Ali, President of the Assembly, welcomed the illustrious guest.
The Equatoguinean leader offered everyone a message of peace, friendship and solidarity from Central Africa. There is no peace or development if there is no human freedom”, he declared, while also congratulating his counterpart for positively boosting the democratic development of his country, with the participation of all political groups.
Continuing with his speech, he spoke about the democratic experience called “Democratic Trial”, which allows his Government to analyse at every moment the political situation in the country, and adopt the consensus of directorates through which all the political groups can exist, in order to keep the peace and stability that today is a feature of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Finally, he expressed the desire that the Djibouti National Assembly twinned with the Equatorial Guinea Chamber of Representatives, so that the two peoples could state their desires and wishes.
Following the speech, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo signed the visitors’ book at the institution.
Then, the Equatoguinean delegation was invited to a lunch organised by the Government in the banqueting hall of the Presidential Palace, at which the two leaders once again expressed their willingness to draw up a framework of friendship and cooperation that would serve as the basis for strengthening bilateral ties.
After the lunch. H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo went the outskirts of the city to visit the various areas that are the site for the port installations, the main source of income for the economy of this country on the Horn of Africa.
According to the technical explanations provided by the statesman, the Republic of Djibouti has six port infrastructures, which are used in the implementation of import and export operations involving various types of merchandise which generate, together with oil, the resources that are invested for the construction of transport infrastructure.
As it is one of the most important strategic points for African maritime transport, just like the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on the far west of Central Africa, the Equatoguinean Head of State showed interest in the port facilities, regarding their administration, the business sector contracted for their construction, and profitability regarding the transit of goods and services for neighbouring landlocked countries.
The port authorities presented H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo with a proposal for Equatorial Guinea to invest in similar projects, with the cost being paid by our country over a long period of time.
The two nations have similar climates, characteristics of the equatorial tropical zone, and similar geographical sizes, with the difference that Djibouti gained sovereignty on 27th June 1977.
ON 23rd April, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo visited the headquarters of Djibouti Telecom, where the Minister for Telecommunications, Abdi Yousuf, was present to provide a welcome.
According to data provided for the Equatoguinean delegation, in 1984, 22 multinational companies formed an international consortium and took on the construction, maintenance and administration of an international telecommunications line, via submarine fibre optical cable and over land, crossing the continental territories of Asia, a large part of Europe, Australia and Africa.
The President, in addition to signing the company’s visitors’ book, also appeared in a group photo with the directors of the communication provider company.
Heading back to Malabo, the Head of State was seen off at Ambuli International Airport by the leader, H. E. Ismail Omar Guelleh.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea