Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda sign bilateral agreements

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the republic, has travelled to Rwanda on an official visit, at the invitation of his counterpart, H. E. Paul Kagame. On the first day of his stay in the country of the Great Lakes, they signed bilateral and cooperation agreements between the two countries.

On 14th January, a delegation from Equatorial Guinea, led by the head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, made an official visit to the Republic of Rwanda, in response to the invitation issued by the president of Rwanda, H. E. Paul Kagame.

At Kigali International Airport, the Rwandan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Richard Sezibera, attended the arrival of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, accompanied by other members of the Government of the country of the Region of the Great Lakes, and some from Malabo; together with chiefs from the Rwandan army, the Mayoress of Kigali, and the accredited Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Congo Brazzaville, concurrent in >Rwanda, Samuel Ateba Owono Iyanga. The Equatoguinean leader shook them by the hand one by one after leaving the plane.

In the VIP lounge at Kigali Airport the first meeting took place between H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Richard Sezibera, in which they exchanged first impressions on this official visit, which comes within the framework of consolidation in the friendly relations between Malabo and Kigali. The meeting was also attended by the Minister of State to the Presidency of the Republic, Charged with Missions, Alejandro Evuna Owono Asangono, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simeon Oyono Esono, among other figures accompanying the President on this trip.

Following a short rest at the Marriott Hotel, the Head of State and Government was received by his counterpart and friend, the Rwandan President, H. E. Paul Kagame, in Urugwiro Village, the presidential office in Kigali. In this first courtesy audience, the two leaders covered various topics regarding bilateral relations, together with regional and global affairs of mutual interest.

It should be remembered that the two presidents have met previously on numerous occasions, such as at African Union summits, and at various international conferences. At these meetings the two leaders declared their interest in strengthening cooperation between Kigali and Malabo, and increasing the ties of friendship uniting the two peoples.

With the bilateral meeting over, the Governments of Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda signed four cooperation agreements. These were the Agreement on Procedural Rules for the Permanent Committee between the Governments of Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea; a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Rwanda and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on mutual diplomatic consultations; the Bilateral Airline Services Agreement, and a memorandum of understanding on tourism.

In his short speech, president Kagame, in addition to underlining the commitment to work together for the development of the Equatoguinean and Rwandan peoples, praised Equatorial Guinea for its work in representing Africa on the United Nations Security Council. He also praised the support of our country for the African Union.

We are here within the framework of mutual consultations on African and on an international level”, responded H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who recognised the capacity of his counterpart to lead the African Union, and referred to the enormous development that had been witnessed by the Republic of Rwanda.

Kigali is a city that African countries should take as a model”, continued H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who cited the fight against hunger, poverty and unemployment, as strategies for the transformation of African nations.

The Head of State and Government also congratulated President H. E. Paul Kagame, for the election of the Rwandan Louise Mushikiwabo as General Secretary of the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

The last visit by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to the Republic of Rwanda took place in July 2016, during the 27th Ordinary Summit of the African Union, held in the city of Kigali.

The Republic of Rwanda, an independent country since 1st July 1962, and with a population of approximately12 million, is located in the Region of the Great Lakes, and shares borders with Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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