The Heads of State, H. E. Omar Hasán Amed Al Bashir, of Sudan, and H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, of Equatorial Guinea, restated their intention to strengthen diplomatic and political cooperation, the exchange of diplomatic representation in their nations, and coordination between the two countries at international and regional forums.
This is one of the points covered in the final communique from the State visit that, from 19th to 20th November, has seen a senior Equatoguinean delegation in the Republic of Sudan, in East Africa. The two leaders held talks on the relations uniting their States and governments, the emergence of their peoples, and regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The two leaders also stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the regions of Central and East Africa in matters of border security, the prevention of the trafficking of small arms, organised crime and people trafficking, together with the fight against terrorism.
The conversations took place at the Presidential Palace in Jartum, in an atmosphere of friendship and understanding. The two affirmed their willingness to improve the joint coordination of their countries within the framework of regional platforms, in order to combat the prevalence of extremism, terrorist groups, illegal immigrants and cross-border organised crime.
The Equatoguinean President welcomed the efforts of his counterpart in achieving peace and stability throughout Sudan, and his commitment to implementing the results of national dialogue, praising the pioneering role of this nation in the fight against terrorism and people trafficking.
H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo warmly welcomed the initiative by H. E. Omar Asan, within the framework of the African Union, to promote peace and reconciliation in Central African Republic; in addition, the two leaders expressed their desire for stability and prosperity for the Central African people.
This official trip also allowed for the strengthening of bilateral relations through the signing of a framework cooperation agreement on the reciprocal exemption for visas for diplomatic and service passports, in addition to the signing of the internal regulations for the Mixed Commission on Cooperation, and the memorandum of understanding on diplomatic consultation between the two countries.
After expressing his deep gratitude, thanks and appreciation for the hospitality received in the Republic of Sudan, the Equatoguinean Head of State also issued an invitation to President Al Bashir to visit Equatorial Guinea in the near future.
After completing the programme set out for this State visit, the Equatoguinean delegation, made up of members of the Government, advisers to the Presidency, director generals and associates, returned to Malabo on 20th November.
At the international airport in Jartum, the Equatoguinean President was seen off by members of the Sudanese Government.
Text: María Jesús Nsang
Photos: Miguel Ángel Mba Onva
(Presidential Press Team)
Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office