Simeon Oyono, new president of Sub-committee of Permanent Representatives for refugees and displaced persons

The accredited Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to the Federal and Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue, assumed from 6th June for a two-year term the presidency of the Sub-committee of Permanent Representatives for refugees and displaced persons.

The Head of the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission before the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Africa, has inherited this responsibility from the hands of the ambassador from the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic, Yahiaoui Lamine, at a ceremony overseen by an official from the policy department.

The act took place in the presence of representatives from Nigeria and Gabon, who are backing Equatorial Guinea within the executive of the new structure. The motion from the outgoing president in the same position, Yahiaoui Lamine, described the current situation for refugees, returnees and the internally displaced in Africa.

At the meeting, they also spoke about an inspection mission to be carried out in the near future by the African Union Commission with members in the area of the Horn of Africa, in order to see the scale of famine encountered in the zone.

The first challenges for the new presidency are to seek mechanisms for a possible way out of the food crisis which today affects 22.3 million people in north east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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