Visit by President of Gabon

The Head of State from the Gabonese Republic and current sitting President of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC), H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, arrived on 22nd August in Malabo, on a working visit, at the invitation of the President, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, went in person to the pavilion of honour at Malabo airport, to receive the Gabonese statesman, on this first visit to Equatorial Guinea at eh invitation of his counterpart this year.

In addition to the Mayor of Malabo, Maria Coloma Edjang Mbengono, the ceremony was also attended by some members of the Government, advisers to the Presidency of the Republic, and personnel from the Gabonese diplomatic headquarters.

The presence of the Gabonese delegation comes within the framework of the regular consultations between the two Heads of State, and confirms the good relations of brotherhood and cooperation between their Governments and peoples.

Minutes after his arrival, President Ali Bongo Ondimba and his counterpart from Equatorial Guinea held a working meeting at the People’s Palace in Malabo, at which they declared their concerns regarding the situation of the global economic crisis in general, and specifically its effects on the central African subregion.

The two Heads of State agreed on the need to diversify the economy, as one of the ways to revitalise economic development in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa and, in the same way, agreed on the need to immediately call a CEMAC extraordinary summit, in order to find mechanisms to resolve the current economic crisis.

H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba and H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also agreed to boost the promotion of peace and security in the subregion, and praised each other for the effectiveness of the Friendship and Good Neighbourliness Treaty signed on 13th June 2013 in Libreville.

On his return to Gabon, President Ali Bongo and entourage were seen off at Malabo airport by a court of honour led by the Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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