SA, Equatorial Guinea solidify bilateral relations

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

South Africa and Equatorial Guinea have agreed to strengthen their political, diplomatic and economic relations for the benefit of their people.

The two countries, which serve as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, also committed to promoting peace, security and sustainable development on the continent by advocating the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

They further agreed on the need to strengthen South-South cooperation, and inter-African cooperation in particular.

These resolutions were announced at the conclusion of President Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to Equatorial Guinea where he held talks with his counterpart President Obiang Nguema Mbasongo.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

During the visit, the Heads of State witnessed the signing of the Rules of Procedure for a Joint Permanent Commission.

South Africa and Equatorial Guinea’s cordial relations were formally established in 1993.

The two countries have since entered into a number of bilateral cooperation agreements, including a General Cooperation Agreement and two agreements on defence cooperation.

The two countries are also formulating draft agreements to enhance cooperation in education and energy. –