The Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Malabo celebrated, on the night of Friday 20th October, Spain’s National Day. The Spanish Ambassador to our country, Guillermo Antonio Lopez Mac-Lellan, said that Equatorial Guinea is a priority country for Spain and bilateral cooperation, and would continue to be. In addition, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID) is very active in our country, through its network of Cultural Centres in Bata and Malabo.
The Spanish Ambassador, Guillermo Antonio Lopez, was responsible for receiving those attending the reception organised by the embassy in the Bioko room at the Hotel Hilton in Malabo. The event began with the national anthems of Spain and Equatorial Guinea.
The ambassador was the first to give a speech, and recalled that the Fiesta of 12th October 1492 marks the date when the coasts of the New World were sighted, a moment when a huge family of which we are all a part was formed, and also a great nations called Spain.
Guillermo Lopez recalled that Spanish is the second most important language of universal communication, with over 500 million Spanish speakers. It is calculated that within two generations, 10% of humanity will understand Spanish.
We are today commemorating the brotherhood of all those nations in the world, more than 21, that have Spanish as a link. Also all those millions of human beings who speak our language with pride, independently of their nationality. The common language of Cervantes, of Garcilaso de la Vega, of Gabriel Fuertes, but also of Equatoguineans such as Maria Nsue or Donato Ndong, among an endless list of names”, pointed out the ambassador, who also recalled that the celebration marked the “rise of Spain as a nation, and which through its 525 years of history has known how to celebrate with joy its successes and victories, and overcome all manner of misfortune, in order to become what it is today, a democratic lawful State in which everyone is included”.
As you know, during recent times we have witnessed turbulent times for our democratic coexistence. Certain authorities in Catalonia, in a premeditated manner, have not complied with the constitution and their own Autonomous Statutes. These decisions have systematically violated judicial orders and the Rule of Law which governs our country, in an unacceptable attempt to appropriate the historic institutions in Catalonia and the will of Catalan people as a whole. As pointed out by His Majesty Felipe VI, they have attempted to fracture the unity of Spain and national sovereignty, which is our right, that of all Spanish people to decide how we chose to live together”. The ambassador also added that it was now for the legitimate powers of the State to ensure constitutional order and the normal operation of institutions, including the self-government of Catalonia.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, in the name of and representing the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, recalled that this celebration is an “opportunity to refresh our memories regarding the history of the Hispanic community, the achievements obtained and the challenges that are yet to be overcome by the community as a whole, in order to build a more solid, united and prosperous community”.
Mba Mokuy declared that, according to the message from the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo during the celebration of 12th October, Independence Day in our country, he stressed that it was no coincidence that Equatorial Guinea gained independence on 12th October, but that as a free state it would become a member of this wider Hispanic brotherhood.
It is important to highlight the relevance of strengthening cooperation between the two countries; to strengthen cooperation is to repair the errors of the past; it is mutual support; to expand a culture is to favour a climate of peace and progress; it is mutual support in order to preserve the territorial integrity of our peoples. The Republic of Equatorial Guinea sympathises with the constitutional Government of the Kingdom of Spain, and asks the politicians in the kingdom to maintain unity, solidarity, and territorial integrity, always maintaining respect for the constitutional principles aimed at better peaceful coexistence. A strong, united Spain is a winning Spain”, declared the minister.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea