President is guest of honour at State dinner given by Cape Verde counterpart

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic, attended a State dinner given by the President of Cape Verde, H. E. Jorge Carlos Fonseca and his wife, on the night of 15th April.

Before the banquet, the leaders of constitutional bodies, ambassadors and heads of accredited diplomatic missions in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, greeted and welcomed the leader of the Equatoguinean nation. The same gestures were extended by the members of the Malabo Government to the host leader, H. E. Jorge Carlos Fonseca and his wife.

The exchange of impressions between ministers, advisers and members of the diplomatic corps took place during the first moments of the meeting, and a group photograph was taken. Furthermore, those present paid their respects to Pedro Verona Pires, commander and former president of the archipelago.

The banquet began with the national anthems, followed by speeches from the two leaders. H. E. Jorge Carlos Fonseca declared that through this State visit they aimed to strengthen bilateral relations with Equatorial Guinea, at this moment when Cape Verde holds the acting presidency of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

The Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, during his speech, also declared his willingness to strengthen the relations of cooperation and development with Cape Verde, within a climate of mutual frankness and exchange of opinions on various matters of common interest, and through the establishment of bases for future political, economic and business cooperation in order to strengthen the CPLP.

The meeting was also an opportune moment for the exchange of gifts between the two delegations.

The third visit made by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to Cape Verde is an opportunity for conversations between the government delegations, through the establishment of a table of dialogue to promote the reciprocal protection of investment, and the exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports. The possibility to include ordinary passports will also be looked at.

The meeting closed with a musical show, highlighting the island culture of the people who inhabit the over nine islands and three islets that make up Cape Verde.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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