President Sirleaf Hold Bilateral Talks in Bata, With President Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea

Wednesday, 13th June 2007
President Sirleaf and President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea
President Sirleaf and President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea
Photo Credit: Cyrus Badio, Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - The Governments of Liberia and Equatorial Guinea have pledged their willingness to promote and diversify the economic social and cultural cooperation existing between the two countries. The leaders among other things insisted on the need to promote cooperation between the private sectors of both countries.

The leaders have accordingly invited businessmen from both Countries to visit each other Countries and invest.

In an executive Mansion dispatch quoting a joint communiqué, Presidents Johnson Sirleaf and Obiang Mbasogo, reviewed the international and African situations in particular, the need for resolute support to the African initiative towards the prevention and solution of conflicts. At the same time both heads have condemned mercenary actions in Africa and have reaffirmed the total importance of the impact of the Algiers declaration on the unconstitutional changes of regime.

Both Countries have also renewed their profound adherence to the principles of respect of human rights, State of law and good economic and political governance which are values for any economic and social development.

On the continent’s social and economic situation, both Countries reaffirmed their adherence to sub-regional and continental integration.

Defense Minister Brownie Samukai signed for the Liberian Government while the Foreign Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Pastor Mecsr signed for his Country.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who arrived in the political province Bata, on Tuesday, addressed a special session of the Country’s Parliament on Wednesday.

She highlighted the challenges facing Liberia and the strives to address them. Madam Sirleaf also said there was a need for Africa to transform from conflict to growth and modernity in order to confront economic issues such as debts and trade barriers.

The Liberian Leader was on Tuesday Night conferred Equatorial Guinea’s highest distinction reserved only for presidents. In a citation, the Central African Country said, the honour was in recognition of the president’s commitment to peace, and the exemplary role she has played as the first elected female president of Liberia and Africa.

The president leaves for Abuja on Thursday  to attend a summit of ECOWAS.

President Sirleaf is accompanied by two lawmakers including Senator Prince Johnson of Nimba County and Representative Nohn Kidau. Lands Mines and Energy Minister Dr. Eugene Shannon, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, LPRC Managing Director Harry Greeves are also part of the delegation.