Inauguration of the new headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

During his stay in Equatorial Guinea, in his official trip to Africa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, spoke at the opening of the new building of Foreign Affairs in Malabo II, precisely a Chinese donation. The event was also attended by the First Vice President, Ignacio Milam Tang, representing the President.

The new and impressive building that will house from now on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headquartered in Malabo, was inaugurated on January 14, with the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, who is on a trip in Equatorial Guinea, during his official tour of some African countries.

The event was held in the courtyard of the new headquarters in Malabo II, and started with the speech by Wang Yi himself, who dismissed talk of the cost of this building, a gift of the people of China to Equatorial Guineans: “This is a work that expresses the sincere friendship between our two countries,” he said.

The Minister pointed out in his speech the excellent relations of friendship between the two nations. Precisely in this year 2015, the 45th anniversary of Chinese diplomatic relations with Equatorial Guinea took place and, Wang Yi said, there have been many occasions to show this friendship, such as when the Equatorial Guinean Government sent a large donation to alleviate the Sichuan earthquake disaster of 2008. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also mentioned that the government of Equatorial Guinea has expressed interest in building a primary school in rural areas of China: “China values its friendship with Equatorial Guinea,” he stated.

Then his Equatorial Guinean counterpart, Agapito Mba Mokuy, took the floor saying, with respect to the cooperation with China that “the journey of relations between the two countries has been historical, and is based on a relationship of mutual benefit and mutual trust. Actions speak louder than words. Our two countries should continue working for the strengthening of relations and to promote peace.” Finally, he highlighted that during that during 2014, the turnover between China and Equatorial Guinea has increased, and also recalled that recently a Consulate of China was opened in the city of Bata. Mba Mokuy also ended his speech by expressing his thanks for the support of the Chinese government in the Ebola prevention campaign, especially in view of the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2015). Before leaving, he recalled his predecessor, Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, with whom the work on the new building began.

Meanwhile, in the name and on behalf of the President of the Republic, the First Vice President, Ignacio Milam Tang, welcomed the Chinese delegation, and described this event as “a new act of triumph in relations between China and Equatorial Guinea which, since 1979, have always had a symbolic success, a happy result of the policy of our two Heads of State.”

Milam Tang summarized the long and historic cooperation between the two peoples, and recalled the importance of Chinese work in the current development of Equatorial Guinea, especially in certain sectors such as construction.

Text and photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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