The President of Equatorial Guinea presided, on the morning of March 27, the opening ceremony of the 6th Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Consulates and International Organizations. During his speech, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo urged the ambassadors to defend with pride the image and name of Equatorial Guinea.
The event began with the arrival of the President to the conference room. According to the order of speakers, the speech of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, in addition to welcoming the presence of the Head of State acknowledged his policy in favor of the African continent, and his contribution to the good of humanity, highlighting the donations made to the FAO, the UNESCO Prize and the recent organization of the African Cup of Nations (CAN).
Mba Mokuy also stressed that the main mission of his Ministry is to channel Equatorial Guinean policies, and safeguard the interests of the country. The Minister concluded by reminding the diplomats present that “they are not vacation days, but days of long work, so that everyone can support the development process of our nation.”
Then spoke the Head of State, who welcomed all the ambassadors to the sixth meeting which, as he said, aimed to “analyze the pulse of foreign policy through its executive arm, which is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the diplomatic personnel and their dependents. It is also the time to share experiences, concerns and difficulties, to receive the guidance necessary to analyze and strengthen the positions to defend the policy designed by the Government of Equatorial Guinea abroad.”
The President spoke about the profile of diplomats and their obligations, and said they must be faithful representatives of the government policy: “A good diplomat must also be a good politician, and a great nationalist who assumes the government policy and is aware of its evolution.”
The Head of State also recalled that the conference is a framework to update the work of Equatorial Guinean diplomacy abroad, and one of the tools of the Government is to manage its policy: “Promoting national interests is a priority component of the national project.”
Regarding the diplomatic aspirations of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said maintaining equitable exchanges in international relations; respect for national independence and sovereignty; the sovereign equality of States; the contribution to the maintenance of world peace and equality; non-interference in the internal affairs of nations; guarantees for the exercise of the political, economic and socio-cultural rights of peoples and international solidarity to address contingencies affecting the world.
He also made special mention of the seriousness of some of the dangers that affect our world, especially “the actions of terrorist groups that threaten peace”; he called for the diplomats to have joint strategies to prevent such actions, and contribute to security with good control of passenger traffic.
The President also said that the diplomats should not feel any complex for defending their country and must work together to reject and deny the negative information that undermines the good name of our nation: “The ambassadors must act with pride, and should not feel inferior when presenting the reality of Equatorial Guinea,” he said before congratulating the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for organizing the event and its inauguration.
Text and photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office