Vice-President expresses concern over pirate attacks

The Vice-President of the Republic, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, called for the security and defence services to be toughened on national coasts.
The Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, urged troops in the naval forces to strengthen the response teams, in order to combat the increase in the number of pirate attacks on commercial vessels in Equatoguinean maritime territory.
This instruction was given at the meeting held on 12th May with chiefs from the Ministry for National Defence.
Piracy has moved from the Horn of Africa to the Gulf of Guinea. The proof is the constant pirate attacks recorded recently in the maritime waters of national territory, a situation which is creating mistrust for traders and tourists in Equatorial Guinea.
For that reason, the Vice-President of the Republic recommended strengthening control over the coasts of the country, particularly in relation to the protection of the oil fields, as they constitute the basis of the national economy.
In under a month, two pirate attacks have been recorded; the most recent took place in the early hours of 9th May against merchant vessels. In that attack, the pirates took five crew members; four foreigners and an Equatoguinean.
At the meeting, Nguema Obiang Mangue expressed his concern because the situation could destabilise the economy of the country, given that, apart from the production of oil, Equatorial Guinea depends to a large extent on imports.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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