On May 22, the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his wife, the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, made a courtesy and recognition visit to the new headquarters of the Embassy of the United States of America in Equatorial Guinea.
Mark Asquino, Ambassador of the United States of America (U.S.A.), accredited before the Government of Malabo, and his wife Jean Asquino, were in charge of welcoming the presidential couple upon their arrival in this building, which houses residences for the Head of the Mission and his assistant, the Chancellery, dwellings for officials, the access pavilion and offices of the employees, among them, 81 Equatoguineans of both genders.
During the visit, they saw photographs that illustrate the building process of this new headquarters during the period between 2011 and 2013, and received information on the functioning of the different areas and sections that comprise it. Then, the personalities of the U.S. Embassy and the presidential entourage held a meeting in the Meeting Room of this diplomatic headquarters.
According to Mark Asquino, who thanked the President of the Republic for this visit, the meeting was supposed to take place in December 2013, which was the inauguration date of this modern complex. However, since it coincided with the funerals of Nelson Mandela to whom the statesmen of the world had to pay special homage, the visit of the Equatorial Guinean Head of State to this embassy was postponed.
The North American diplomat concluded his words by stating his satisfaction with the facilities that, as he specified, promote a favorable environment for the normal performance of the services assigned to them.
The Equatoguinean Head of State also stated that the presence of this embassy in Malabo is considered as a guarantee of security for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. He also expressed his desire that John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State and the President of the United States, Barack Obama, could visit the Republic of Equatorial Guinea at this time in which the relations between both countries are at their highest level.
Text: Javier Obama Nsue Nchama
Photos: Manuel Mangue Bindang
(Presidential Press Team)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office