The Presidents of Sudan, H. E. Omar Hassan Al Bashir, and Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, met behind closed doors on 19th November, at the Presidential Palace, to look at current issues on the African continent in general, and specifically the strengthening of ties between the two member countries of the African Union.
Hours later, the delegations from Sudan and Equatorial Guinea met in the conference hall in the Presidential Palace in Jartum.
At this appointment, the Equatoguinean President explained that this first State visit was due to the common political desire of both countries to favour the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two peoples, in their fight to defend and consolidate political and economic independence, on the route towards state sovereignty and economic development. H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed his desire that these visits become periodical, in order to keep alive the spirit of friendship and solidarity.
Equatorial Guinea and Sudan share a similar economic structure based on petroleum production, in addition to belonging to the group of countries fighting for the emergence of their economies, according to the Equatoguinean Head of State, while highlighting the importance of South-South Cooperation.
In another moment during his words,H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said that this State visit, the first made to this East African country, represents a milestone and is a great opportunity to strengthen, institutionalise and transform the historic and traditional relations between the two countries, through basic agreements to take to a much more ambitious level the development of the peoples of the Republic of Sudan and Equatorial Guinea.
The Equatoguinean leader also congratulated his counterpart on the rational use of the economic resources that has allowed the transformation of this nation, as a modern country.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has a huge economic field for cooperation, which it would like to develop with Sudan, in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, telecommunications, or the training of resources to promote the Horizonte 2020 programme for cooperation.
Within the multilateral environment, the two countries are in close cooperation on the conciliation of policies, within the international organisations of which they are members, as the Equatoguinean leader clarified.
As non-permanent member of the United National Security Council, Equatorial Guinea would spare no effort to find a solution to the problems affecting the African continent. Following the meeting, the following conventions were signed: Internal Regulations for the Mixed Commission on Cooperation between the Government of Equatorial Guinea and the Government of the Republic of Sudan; Framework Agreement on Economic, Trade, Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation; Memorandum of Understanding between the Equatorial Guinea Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Republic of Sudan Ministry for Foreign Affairs on mutual diplomatic consultation, and the Agreement on the Reciprocal Exemption for Visas for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports.
The Sudanese Government offered a gala dinner for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea delegation in the banqueting suite at the Presidential Palace.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office