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Relations between Uganda and Equatorial Guinea at their best


This visit by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo confirms the political commitment expressed by the two Heads of State, in the latest meeting they held within the framework of the twenty-eighth African Union Summit, held in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, in January this year.

On Wednesday 26th, the Equatoguinean President was received at the Entebbe International Airport by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam K. Kutesa, and the Equatoguinean Ambassador to Ethiopia, Simeón Oyono Esono, together with other Equatoguinean figures that went to the friendly country some days before, to coordinate the arrival of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Following a short rest in the hall of honour in the Presidential Pavilion, the Equatoguinean leader and the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs went to the Presidential Palace in Entebbe, where H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was waiting to welcome them, together with members of his Government.

The welcome was marked by the sound of the national anthems, military personnel and an inspection of the troops. In this first event, the visiting delegation was the object of a display of warmth from various citizens from Kampala and the district of Entebbe who, with banners and flags, lined both sides of the streets marking the journey by the great pan-Africanist leader.

At about 15:00, the two Heads of State held a courtesy meeting in which they covered bilateral, regional and international questions of mutual interest. With this first meeting over, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo signed the Presidential Palace visitors' book.

At the bilateral meeting, the leaders agreed on the need to boost cooperation between their countries in the sectors of petroleum and gas, agriculture, the environment and food security, mineral resources and energy, trade, industry and investment, services, culture and tourism, transport and communications, defence and security, education and sports, health, science and technology, and town planning and infrastructures.

A total of four agreements were signed in the presence of Presidents Museveni and Nguema Mbasogo:

-Framework Agreement for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

-Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Permanent Mixed Commission on Cooperation.

-Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral consultation between the respective ministries for Foreign Affairs regarding matters of mutual interest.

-Memorandum of Understanding on the Petroleum and Gas Sectors.

These agreements were signed by the ministers for Foreign Affairs, Agapito Mba Mokuy and Sam Kutesa; together with Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons, and his Ugandan counterpart.

In his speech, the host Head of State underlined the importance of unity, prosperity and security in Africa, together with the establishment and strengthening of trade on the African continent. He also praised the good use of resources originating from petroleum in Equatorial Guinea.

“We have come here in the hope of boosting the relations of friendship and cooperation, as the only way we understand each other", said H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his words of gratitude and recognition of the warm welcome and hospitality that his delegation had enjoyed in the country of the great lakes.

At another point, he indicated that similar visits should take place periodically, in order to strengthen the unity of Africa. The Equatoguinean President advised the promotion of solidarity, the commercialisation of goods from their countries, and the training of human resources.

Following the signing of the agreements, and a reading of the joint communiqué by the heads of Foreign Affairs from the two countries, H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo offered a press conference before the media.

The schedule for this visit also included an exchange of gifts and a banquet that the Kampala Government offered  for the visiting delegation at the Entebbe Presidential Palace at around 20:00 on Wednesday evening; an official reception which was attended, in addition to the two national leaders, by heads from constitutional bodies, members of the Government, authorities from the city of Kampala and the district of Entebbe, religious figures, ambassadors and heads of accredited diplomatic missions in this nation, which is located in the area of the great lakes.

During the conversations held by the two African leaders, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo invited his Ugandan friend and brother to visit our country; an invitation which was accepted, with the dates to be set through diplomatic channels.

On the photo: The Head of State during the bilateral

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