Malabo and Washington undertake joint fight against piracy in Gulf of Guinea

On Tuesday 24th September, the United States of America Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassador, Susan Stevenson, presented to the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, an aircraft for missions of surveillance and rescue for countries on the Gulf of Guinea.

The meeting took place at the presidential terminal at Malabo International Airport, where Nguema Obiang Mangue and Susan Stevenson shared a one-hour test flight, to see the potential of the aircraft.

We are looking at how the United States can cooperate with Equatorial Guinea in the Defence and Security sectors”, affirmed the American Ambassador, before local media.

In the presence of the Minister for Defence, Leandro Bakale Nkogo, and the adviser to the Vice-President, Charged with Logistics, Fausto Abeso Fuma, Stevenson expressed the willingness of the administration of H. E. Donald Trump to cooperate with Malabo, in order to stop piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

We know that Equatorial Guinea, like Cameroon, Gabon and Nigeria, is concerned about security in the Gulf of Guinea. For that reason, our aim is to cooperate with Equatorial Guinea to defend and maintain security in the Gulf”, added the North American diplomat.

Due to the constant attacks of piracy and the recent air crash without victims, the Government of Malabo believes that the initiative from Washington could further strengthen surveillance and rescue services for this type of occurrence.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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