Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba concludes visit to Equatorial Guinea

The Gabonese delegation took advantage of the visit to get to know places of interest on the Island of Bioko, accompanied by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The guests visited the industrial area of Punta Europa, where companies from the oil sector are based, accompanied by the Vice-Minister fro Mines, Agapito Edu Ndong.

During the visit to Punta Europa, various chiefs from companies operating in the area passed on information on the production and elaboration processes for petroleum products taking place in the area.

In Malabo National Park, they found the Minister for Culture, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, and the personnel from this tourist centre, waiting to receive President H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, and present him with several gifts. In addition, the leader of the brother country visited the exhibition of books by Equatoguinean authors prepared for the occasion, a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions, and the Plaza de los Artesanos and football ground, before later having lunch in the La Amistad restaurant.

At about 15:00, there was an official farewell ceremony for the Gabonese Head of State at the presidential pavilion, which began with a reading of the final communique by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy and Noel Nelson, his Gabonese counterpart.

In the city of Malabo H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba and Obiang Nguema Mbasogo held various meetings to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two peoples and governments, and to review recent events in Africa and the world in general. The two countries congratulated each other for their achievements within the framework of the visit.

With regards to the wishes of the two African leaders to diversify cooperation in sectors and areas of common interest, the ministerial delegations held a meeting to examine the state of execution of agreements signed since 1979 between the two governments, and the celebration of the next meeting of the Great Mixed Commission from the two countries, in Malabo in 2018.

With respect to the subregional framework, the two leaders reaffirmed their desires to bring about the free movement of goods and people within the CEMAC community area, and within the international panorama the two Heads of State coincided in supporting African and global initiatives on the prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts, in accordance with the relevant provision of the United Nations Charter and the Act of Constitution of the African Union (AU).

I am grateful to my brother Ali Bongo Ondimba for having accepted my invitation to visit Equatorial Guinea. The invitation was precisely because, although we are neighbouring countries, we in fact do not often visit our respective States. I believe that our space has great diversity, and all that can be found in other advanced countries. Africans always go to nations where they are considered as foreigners instead of visiting those on their continent.

I believe that this visit is a prelude to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea strengthening their relations of friendship and cooperation; they are two neighbouring countries from the same culture, we have the same ethnic groups, the same sentiments.

Free circulation will allow us to once again find our brothers. I personally feel affection for Gabon, because part of the people from my tribe are there, and as such there is no reason to obey the orders from our colonisers, and this division must only be a political division, but the feelings we must conserve because we are from the same roots”, declared H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his speech.

During his speech, H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, in addition to thanking his counterpart for the invitation, the warm reception and hospitality, spoke of the steps to take following the ratification of the agreement on free circulation of goods and people in the CEMAC area, We are obliged to support African integration”, a decision which, he said, was no easy task.

Furthermore, he also spoke about the adoption of security measures, and the possession of an identity document to travel within CEMAC, Yes to free circulation and yes to security in the subregion”, stressed the Gabonese leader.

The President of Gabon congratulated his counterpart for the election of Equatorial Guinea as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2018-2019 period, and the election as member of UNESCO Executive Council for 4 years, in Paris. Furthermore, he reaffirmed the need to strengthen security in Africa through close collaboration, at both a bilateral level and within the AU, in order to put up a fight against organised crime. The President of the Gabonese Republic invited H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to make an official visit to Libreville.

On the way back to Libreville, the Gabonese President was seen off with military honours at Malabo International Airport.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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