posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – February 27th, 2012
The Head of State made a visit to Suriname, from February 20 to 26 at the invitation of President Désiré Delano Bouterse, who awarded him the Medal of Grand Master of the Honorable Order of the Yellow Star and Carrier of the Sign the Great Order.
This visit comes shortly after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, on January 12, 2012, a fact that was mentioned by both Heads of State as a manifestation of the aspirations of their governments and peoples to strengthen their cooperation.
The two leaders reviewed the political, economic and financial situation in the world and agreed to maintain a positive dialogue on all issues of international concern, including the disastrous effects of climate change. They also decided to join forces in search of balanced and favorable negotiations with the international community.
They also decided to build long-term relations and strengthen the friendship between the two countries and peoples through the promotion of economic, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation, based on the principles of equality, sovereignty, national independence and non-interference in the internal affairs of their countries, as established in the United Nations Charter as well as according to the principles advocated by the Africa-South America Cooperation Forum (ASACOF).
They agreed that the Third Summit of Heads of State for South America-Africa (ASA), to be held from next May 15 to 16 in Malabo, will provide an excellent opportunity to further strengthen bi-regional cooperation.
On the other hand, the two presidents decided that their countries should promote South-South cooperation, and for this purpose they signed a framework cooperation agreement to promote the implementation of development projects of mutual interest in the areas of: infrastructures, industry, commerce, transportation, education, health, sports, finance, banking, real estate, telecommunications, public health, community services, production and distribution of water, agriculture, energy, mining, forestry, tourism and any other area of common interest.
Also, they emphasized the great potential of cooperation in the field of industrial development, particularly in the exploration and exploitation of available natural resources. They also highlighted the ability of joint exploitation of mineral resources and the need to increase technical cooperation at all levels. Similarly, they agreed to continue efforts to enhance cooperation and exchange of knowledge, know-how (experience) and information in the field of exploration and production of oil.
In the near future, they will examine the establishment of diplomatic missions in their respective capitals, to promote cooperation between their governments and peoples. Similarly, they expressed their satisfaction with the success of these deliberations, which can be seen as a solid basis for strengthening their friendly relations.
H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo used the occasion to express gratitude to his brother and friend, President Désiré Delano Bouterse, his Government and the people of Suriname for the warm welcome, hospitality and great affection provided to him and his delegation.