Posted: 05.06.2023 10:12:00

Aleinik conveyed to President of Equatorial Guinea an invitation from Lukashenko to visit Belarus

Belarus’ Foreign Minister Sergei Aleynik met with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo during his official visit to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

“The Head of Equatorial Guinea received a message on behalf of the President of the Republic of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, with an invitation to visit Belarus. The invitation was gratefully accepted," Belarus’ Foreign Ministry reported.

During the meeting, the parties confirmed their mutual interest in the development of interstate contacts. “The conversation focused on liaisons in the economic sphere, including agriculture, industrial co-operation, food production, healthcare and others,” the source added.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is one of the richest and most stable states in Africa. By the end of 2021, the country's GDP stood at $12.3bn, and the inflation rate made 5.1 percent. The country ranks first in Africa in terms of GDP per capita (about $8,000).

During his official visit to the African country, Mr. Aleinik also held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Co-operation and Diaspora, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue. The parties discussed a range of issues of bilateral co-operation, as well as interaction in international organisations. They confirmed the similarity of approaches to the main problems of the global and regional agenda, including issues of a just world order, the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the sustainable development of states and ensuring food security on a global scale. A memorandum of understanding establishing a mechanism for regular political consultations was signed by the foreign ministers, and a joint statement on the agreements was reached. The documents relate to the development of political dialogue, as well as co-operation in the economy, trade and investment, co-operative ties, food security, healthcare, medicine, maternal and child health, education, science and technology, mining and petrochemical sector, security and defence. The parties outlined practical steps to expand the legal framework of bilateral relations.

Mr. Aleinik also met with First Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Minister of the Civil Cabinet of the President of Equatorial Guinea Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, and Minister of National Defence Victoriano Nsue Okomo. During the meetings, topical areas of co-operation of mutual interest were discussed.