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Malabo: ASA Cooperation Forum Proposes Incorporating CELAC

posted on 2/24/13 by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

Malabo,  (Prensa Latina) President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Friday proposed here to consider incorporating the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to the Africa-South America Cooperation Forum (ASA). In his speech at the third summit of the bi-regional mechanism, which concludes Saturday in Malabo, he considered that the absence of the Central American and Caribbean countries to these meetings “is not justified by economic or political reasons.”
Obiang Nguema highlighted the great political and economic strength of developing countries and the positive impact that would result from the South-South cooperation.
He proposed that this third meeting of ASA Heads of State and Government to study the feasibility of including all countries of CELAC.
In a message sent to the meeting, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called to strengthen South-South integration in a real and permanent joint working link.
The text, read by his foreign minister, Elias Jagua, meant that “we are one people”, linked by historical ties, which are intended to run together towards the absolute and full redemption.
The president stressed that South American and African continents have sufficient natural, political and historical resources, “to save the planet from chaos that they has been conducted.”
Chavez stressed in his letter his absolute rejection of any interfering activity of the Organization of the North Atlantic Treaty and recalled that the neocolonial strategy seeks to divide the world’s most vulnerable nations and subjected to a “slavish dependency relation.

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