posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – December 30th, 2012
The event was chaired by Rogelio Sierra Diaz, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and included speeches by Hector Igarza Cabrera, director of the Office of Sub-Saharan Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) and by Vicente Mba Asumu, Charge d’Affaires of the Republic Equatorial Guinea. It was attended by Oscar Martinez, Deputy Head of International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, the African diplomatic corps and former ambassadors to the island in Equatorial Guinea, among others.
During these forty years, both countries have travelled a fruitful road to cement relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation. In Cuba, 340 Equatorial Guinean students have graduated and by 2011, 3,260 Cuban collaborators from over ten sectors have served in the country.
Currently, there are 356 collaborators working in Equatorial Guinea operating branches of health, education, construction, fisheries, energy and mines, industry, environment and agriculture, while 72 Equatorial Guinean scholarship students are studying in Cuba.
Meanwhile, Equatorial Guinea has supported the Cuban struggle against the U.S. blockade, highlighting statements by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in the high-level segment of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations and at the Seventh Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) held recently in Equatorial Guinea.
Vicente Mba Asumu, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Cuba, expressed the unwavering gratitude of his country to the Government and people of the island, for the continued support and solidarity extended to them.
He also described Cuba as a pioneer in recognizing the independence of Equatorial Guinea, reached in October 1968, an event that ended 200 years of Spanish colonization, and stressed that both governments share the principles of defending peace, understanding between peoples and mutual respect.
We attach the document with the congratulations by Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, and Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, to H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea, and Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation