Venezuela and Equatorial Guinea strengthen cooperation relations

Has ended with total success the visit of the vice minister for Africa of the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Yuri Pimentel, to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which was carried out with the intention of promoting South-South cooperation, on behalf of the Venezuelan Government and People, inviting the African country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence.

The agenda of the Venezuelan diplomat in Malabo began last Thursday, when he held an important meeting with the Chancellor of the Republic of Burundi, Ezechiel Nigibira. In this meeting, the Venezuelan side ratified its support for the efforts of the Burundian government in strengthening its institutional capacity, for the preservation and respect of its sovereignty.

At the same time, the vice-minister for Africa raised the need to move towards an air connection between both continents, which encourages the emergence of new ties of friendship and cooperation in various areas, mainly the commercial area.

For his part, Foreign Minister Nigibira expressed to Venezuela the unrestricted support of the Republic of Burundi, and extended an invitation to the Bolivarian Republic to advance the establishment of trade relations. In parallel, they agreed to coordinate joint actions and efforts in the face of the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the centers of world power.

During his visit on October 12, the Venezuelan deputy minister attended the commemorative civic-military parade for the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which was held in the city of Malabo, where the diplomat held an important meeting with the President of the African nation, Obiang Nguema, to whom he conveyed the message of congratulations sent by President Nicolás Maduro on the occasion of the date.

After the ceremonial events, Vice Minister Pimentel met with the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Kembo Mohadi. The parties ratified the will of their governments to strengthen cooperation relations in education, mining and health, for the benefit of both peoples.

Vice President Mohadi expressed his support for Venezuela and condemned the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the government of the United States and the European Union over the Caribbean nation.

In the course of his visit to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Africa held an important meeting on Saturday with Alfonso Osa Nguema, Secretary General of Civil Aviation of that African nation. At the meeting was dealt with various topics of common interest, mainly the direct connection between both countries and the exploration of educational cooperation agreements in the field of aeronautics.

Subsequently, the Venezuelan diplomat met with the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Artisanal Promotion of Equatorial Guinea, Rufino Blanco, to whom he extended the invitation to participate in the next International Tourism Fair of Venezuela 2018 (Fitven), scheduled to be held from November 22 to 25 in Margarita island, and the International Book Fair of Venezuela 2018 (Filven), which will take place between November 8 and 18 in Caracas: “We came to reiterate the deep friendship that exists between our peoples and between our governments, from the times of Commander Hugo Chávez and now with President Maduro; an extraordinary relationship with President Obiang and with the entire government of Equatorial Guinea”, said the deputy minister at the end of the talks.

In this regard, he highlighted the execution of several joint projects and the will of Caracas to continue expanding its cooperation relations with Malabo. In this case, at the level of training in the cultural and touristic field: “It’s a matter of helping each other (…) It’s the need for South-South cooperation, among brothers we understand each other better”, he added.

The meeting with the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Artisanal Promotion of Equatorial Guinea preceded the meeting held by the vice minister for Africa with the Ombudsman of the African nation, Marcelino Nguema, during which the Equatorial Guinean official showed solidarity with Caracas before the Situation of attacks and disrespect by foreign powers.

After these meetings, the Venezuelan diplomat was welcomed by the Chancellor of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Simeon Oyono, and by the Deputy Minister for Commerce of the African country, Domingo Mba Esono, with the common vision of strengthening diplomatic relations and economic cooperation and commercial between both nations.