Monday, December 9, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Visits Paris for Summit on Peace and Security in Africa

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo from Equatorial Guinea attended the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, which focused on issues surrounding security, development, and economic partnerships within the region. The summit was held on December 6th and 7th.

In light of recent events, African leaders commemorated the death of Nelson Mandela and agreed to engage in military intervention to stop the escalation of violence in the Central African Republic.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo along with fifty-three other delegates from African countries and France, and various representatives from the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and African Development Bank.

President Obiang had a personal meeting with President Alpha Condé of Guinea Conakry in Paris. The two discussed relations between the countries and the possibility of joint oil and resource ventures. President Obiang also spoke with the Ikililou Dhoinine, the President of the Union of Comoros, and is now expected to make a visit to President Dhoinine in Moroni, Comoros.

Overall, the delegates expressed their commitment to security and human rights, and France pledged to help the African Union achieve full capacity of the African Standby Force and the Rapid Deployment Capability. Leaders of the African countries in attendance gave their approval for French military intervention in the Central African Republic.

The outcome of the summit initiated an important dialogue between Africa and France. The discussions that took place have helped create a greater understanding of the current threats affecting African nations.