Presidential audiences with Ambassadors from China France and Spain

The President of the Republic His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo received on Monday 2nd march at the People’s Palace in Malabo the Ambassadors from China France and Spain.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo granted three audiences to the accredited Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassadors from the People’s Republic of China the French Republic and Spain to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

During the first Council of Ministers in 2020 the Government covered the matter of economic support for the People’s Republic of China to tackle the coronavirus epidemic.

On Monday the Ambassador Qi Mei representing the Beijing Government in Malabo passed on the the leader of the nation the appreciation of the Government and people of China to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for their valuable support.

The Head of State also reviewed other aspects that strengthened diplomatic relations between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and China which have now reached 50 years since being established.

Olivier Brochenin Extraordinary plenipotentiary Ambassador from the French Republic was also received in the official office of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Apart from looking at matters of bilateral interest the French politician brought a message from H. E. Emmanuel Macron for his Equatoguinean counterpart.

Guillermo Lopez Mac Lellan Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassador from Spain in Malabo was the next figure to enter the Head of State’s office in order to hold the traditional diplomatic meeting they have been having for some time. This was the first audience between the two figures in 2020. Their last meeting took place in October 2019 to mark Hispanic Day which is also independence day in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Questions of international security above all maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and the problem of the coronavirus were on the menu for the two. They also looked at matters of bilateral interest taking into account that Spain has just formed a new Government and new parliament. The participation of experts under Spanish cooperation in the restoration work on Malabo Cathedral was another of the matters covered by the Head of State and the Spanish Ambassador in Malabo.

Regarding the difficulties and complaints presented by citizens regarding the acquisition of visas to visit Spain Guillermo Lopez Mac Lellan declared that the application for visas followed an international and not a national procedure and so the population must obtain full information on the protocols to follow.

With regards to recognition by the Equatorial Guinea Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the visa management agency in Malabo the Spanish diplomat pointed out that technically the agency was working with a contract from the Spanish ministry and is the receiver of visas not only from Equatorial Guinea but from all countries where there is a Spanish diplomatic headquarters.

During the audiences Simeon Oyono Esono Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation accompanied the President of the Republic.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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