9 August 2013

Angola: President Eduardo Dos Santos in Malabo

The Angolan president , José Eduardo dos Santos, arrived Friday evening in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the 3rd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) on Saturday.

Accompanied by the first lady, Ana Paula dos Santos, president Eduardo dos Santos was welcomed on arrival in Malabo by his local counterpart, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The meeting of the GGC heads of State and Government or their representatives will analyse and adopt the report on the activities of the Executive Secretariat in the 2009-2013 period, the acting president's report and the regional organisation's defence and security

mechanism.

The state of the member states' contributions and areas, the additional protocol on the treaty directing the GGC on the appropriate mechanism, as well as the determination of relevant aspects about the goals of the commission will also be reviewed.

The meeting will also look into matters concerning the restructuring of the executive secretariat, the authentication of the texts and adoption of the resolutions, including the internal regulation of the conference of Heads of State and Government and other topics.

During the meeting, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in his capacity as GGC acting president, will hand the post over to host head of State, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The consolidation of peace and security in the region is one of the goals pursued by the GGC leaders, with a view to strengthened cooperation and non-aggression among the states, common defence and peaceful co-existence.

Other matters concerning the GGC leaders have to do with the maritime insecurity translated in piracy, armed robbery and other crimes committed at sea.

Established in 1999, the Gulf of Guinea Commission groups Angola, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe.

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