Foreign Minister oversees second day of Equatoguinean presidency of Security Council

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono, oversaw the work on the United nations Security Council on 5th February, in representation of the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who yesterday opened the presidency of Equatorial Guinea, with a debate on the maintenance of international peace and security.

Under the heading Transnational Delinquency organised at sea”, the minister invited various speakers to present their strategies for joint action, in order to better counter the adverse situations seen on the oceans, such as piracy and organised crime.

Oceans not only unite nations. They are primarily natural resources,m and one of the most important vehicles of progress for humanity”, declared Oyono Esono who, continuing with his speech, said that in Africa, the increase in international organised crime on the seas and oceans, its growing relationship with terrorist groups and armed groups in the region, and the consequences of climate change, are posing a growing threat to the consolidation of development in recent decades, and in particular in the sustainable development of the blue economy.

The Foreign Minister also pointed out that illegal activities within African maritime space, such as maritime terrorism, money laundering, the dumping of toxic waste and crude oil, the stealing of crude oil and natural gas, the trafficking of arms and drugs, the trafficking of humans and refugees, piracy, armed robbery and illegal fishing, together with overfishing, suppose the loss of human life and devastating economic consequences for the African continent.

Before giving the floor to other speakers, the Equatoguinean minister highlighted the positive role of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, despite the fact that the greatest threats to security for African countries come above all from this area. In addition, he reaffirmed the commitment of our country to contribute towards the sustainable development of African and the world and, as Malabo has demonstrated on several occasions, to support global and regional efforts in the intense fight against organised maritime crime in all its versions. As a mark of this commitment, the minister recalled the participation in all initiatives aimed at normalising the situation of security in the Gulf of Guinea, as is the case of the Obangame Express military exercises, in conjunction with the United States and other countries from the Gulf of Guinea.

The working sessions under the direction of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea will continue until the end of February.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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