On Friday 12th July, the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, made a courtesy visit to the Republic of Gabon.
In the presidential terminal of Leon Mba Airport the President was met by the Prime Minister and Head of the Gabonese Government, Julien Nkoghe Bakale, and the accredited Republic of Equatorial Guinea Ambassador in Libreville, Marcos Ndong Edu Nchama, in a welcome including military honours and the anthems of the two countries.
It was a visit of work and friendship within the framework of the desire of the two leaders, H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba and H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two neighbouring sister countries.
Nkoghe Bakale was the first Gabonese figure with whom the Equatoguinean President exchanged impressions with respect to the official visit demonstrating the excellent relations between Libreville and Malabo.
On the way to the city, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo stopped on the esplanade of the presidential terminal, where he shook the hands of Equatoguinean citizens living in Libreville. Between songs, applause and ovations, the Equatoguinean colony welcomed their President.
At around 11.00, H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba received his counterpart and brother from Equatorial Guinea in the Presidential Palace. The two leaders focussed their dialogue on matters of common interest.
With the courtesy audience over, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was approached by the press, specifically the Gabonese Press Agency, Radio France International, and the newspaper, La Opinion.
The Head of State said that his visit followed the desire to greet his brother and counterpart, and get to know his state of health.
In another moment during his declarations, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo stated that he had encouraged the Gabonese leader to resume the tasks of State.
This is the second working visit by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to Gabon this year. The first was on 9th June, to attend the ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the death of the Head of State, H. E. Omar Bongo Ondimba.
The Head of State was accompanied by the Minister of State to the Presidency of the Republic, Charged with Missions, Alejandro Evuna Owono Asango; the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simeon Oyono Esono, and the Minister to the Presidency of the Republic, Charged with External Security, Juan Antonio Bibang Nchuchuma Esomoyo.
On his way back, the Equatoguinean leader was seen off by Julien Nkpoghe Bakale and the Equatoguinean Ambassador, Marcos Ndong Edu Nchama.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office