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The Republic of Ecuador named Jose Valencia as his country’s Permanent Observer to the African Union (AU) at its headquarters in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), to strengthen diplomatic relations.
Jean Ping, the Chairman of the African Union Commission, an institution that is currently presided over by the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, said that “this is an example of the kind of cooperation that the African Union would like to have with each and every South American country.”
Thus, the Chairman of the AU Commission congratulated the Republic of Ecuador for the opening of formal diplomatic relations with the African Union, and assured that the diplomat Jose Valencia has the availability of the entire Commission and its leadership to strengthen relations between Africa and South America as the first Permanent Observer from South America.

Meanwhile, Valencia said he felt honored to serve as the first Permanent Observer of Ecuador in the AU, and conveyed to Jean Ping the warm greetings of his country’s president, Rafael Correa, whose commitment to South-South cooperation is great, especially in relations with Africa.

Also the Ecuadorian diplomat corroborated with the Chairman of the AU that Africa and South America share some common challenges that can best be met together. To this end, he recalled that last year Ecuador opened new embassies in Egypt and South Africa and will soon open two more in Ghana and Kenya.

Jose Valencia also said that Ecuador will be increasingly present in the AU, which he described as “an organization that largely represents the spirit of Africa.”

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