18th of August 2017
MoS Shri MJ Akbar made a visit to Equatorial Guinea on 18 August. It was the first bilateral visit from India at Ministerial level. The Government of Equatorial Guinea in a special gesture declared MOS and his delegation as State Guests. During the call by MOS, President Obiang hoped that the visit would begin a new era of cooperation between the two countries. He expressed his keen desire to intensify relations and expand cooperation with India, and spoke in glowing terms of the leadership of PM Modi. The President welcomed Indian partnership across all sectors and underlined the importance of South-South cooperation. MOS expressed India’s appreciation for the stability and development in EG under President Obiang’s leadership, and for the leading role EG has been playing in Africa and the African Union. He congratulated the President on EG’s recent membership of OPEC and its upcoming membership of UNSC, and conveyed India’s willingness to work with EG at the UN during its UNSC term. He extended an invitation to the President to visit India.
During MOS’s meeting with the EG Foreign Minister, it was decided to hold the first Joint Commission Meeting in India at an early date. The FM signed the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance and promised early ratification.
The following bilateral agreements were signed :