Liberia and Equatorial Guinea have renewed diplomatic ties with pledges to strengthen socio-economic relations for the benefit of their peoples.
The exchanges were made last Wednesday, when the Ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria accredited to Equatorial Guinea, Professor Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. The impressive and elaborate ceremony took place at the People's Palace in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.
President Mbasogo warmly received Ambassador Conteh and recounted the long and friendly ties between Liberia and Equatorial Guinea. He praised Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the meaningful accomplishments in rebuilding Liberia.
He said that Equatorial Guinea and Liberia must now open a new chapter of economic cooperation that should benefit the citizens of both countries. He offered his personal support to ensure that this happens.
Responding, Ambassador Conteh extended greetings from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia to President Mbasogo and the fraternal people of Equatorial Guinea.
He thanked President Mbasogo for his kind reception and hospitality. He said Liberia as a post-conflict success story under President Sirleaf Liberia was now embarking on a five year development plan as part of its long-term national visioning roadmap, and he looked forward to expanding the bilateral relations between the two countries.
He commended President Mbasogo for the impressive infrastructural development, literacy and malaria control programs of Equatorial Guinea, from which Liberia looked forward to sharing experience.
Earlier, the Secretary State for Consular Affairs, H.E. Mr. Angel Mokara Moleila received Ambassador Conteh at the Ministry of External Cooperation. Mr. Moleila briefed Ambassador Conteh about actualizing the Framework Agreement on Bilateral Relations, Economic and Social Development recently signed by Liberia and Equatorial Guinea.
Later in that evening, Ambassador Conteh met with the Liberian community in Malabo. Welcoming the Ambassador, Mr. Jeremiah Galimah, a real estate consultant, and his wife, Mrs. Anna Marie Galimah, a Consultant in oil and gas, congratulated the Ambassador and requested him to consider issuing Consular ID Cards to Liberian citizens resident in Equatorial Guinea in order to resolve the immigration challenges some of them were facing.
Ambassador Conteh promised immediately to look into this. He also pledged to work hard to ensure that the new relations between Equatorial Guinea and Liberia also benefit the Liberian citizens by ameliorating their problems.
Located in Central Africa, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is the largest producer of oil in Africa, South of the Sahara. According to UNESCO, the nation has the highest adult literacy rate in this region. Equatorial Guinea and Liberia recently stepped up relations with presidential visits between the two countries.