Foreign Minister expresses Government discontent to US Ambassador on her country’s position in Switzerland

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono, received on the afternoon of Thursday 16th May, at the ministerial headquarters, the United States Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Susan Stevenson. The main reason for the audience was to transmit the dismay of the Equatoguinean executive regarding the position adopted by the delegation of the United States in Geneva, Switzerland, during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations Council for Human Rights.

Simeon Oyono Esono Angue explained that Equatorial Guinea held in special esteem its relations with the United States, and indicated that his country was prepared to improve whatever was necessary in order to strengthen them.

Furthermore, he stressed to the Ambassador that dialogue was the best way to resolve differences, while explaining that regarding Human Rights no country is complying one hundred percent with the demands. He thus asserted that no State could give lessons to another, as each country is sovereign, free and independent.

For the Minister for Foreign Affairs it is not possible to speak about the recovery of the seat for the opposition party Citizens for Innovation (CI) in the latest elections, as in his opinion this political grouping never took part in the elections.

Before declaring that Equatorial Guinea at no time has made declarations regarding internal affairs within the jurisdiction of the United States of America, he affirmed that the Government is in the process of eliminating the death penalty, hence the importance of its membership in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

The United States Ambassador promised to pass on to her Government the discontent of the Government of Equatorial Guinea regarding the declaration made by the US delegation in relation to the recommendations made on the report presented by Equatorial Guinea within the framework of the latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations Council for Human Rights.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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