MINSK, 7 September (BelTA) — Africa is waking up and is very interested in changing the world order towards greater justice and real independence of African states, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo told the media after his talks with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 7 September, BelTA has learned.
“It is obvious that the world needs changes. They should take place through the development of new alliances. The monopoly [of the West] must end,” the Equatorial Guinea president said.
In his words, the states that once colonized African countries believe that they have the right to exploit the natural resources of this region “in exchange for nothing”. As an example, he cited the relationship between Niger and France, where the latter exploited uranium deposits to its exclusive advantage.
“France thinks it has the right to exploit Niger’s production, so now people are promoting revolution and expressing their dissent there. Thus, Africa is slowly waking up. I am sure there will be big changes in the next two decades (and even sooner),” Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said.
“We need a new world order,” he emphasized. In this regard, the president recalled the recent BRICS summit in Johannesburg, which he said had brought on “great response in Africa”.
“If the countries of the Global South unite, we can impose a new world order,” the Equatorial Guinean leader said. “Thanks to this consolidation of forces, we will be able to resist the pressure exerted on us [by Western countries]”.
“Therefore, we want to make our cooperation [with Belarus] pragmatic and exemplary, to show that Africa can rise from its knees as a united nation. Belarus is industrialized, self-sufficient and helps other countries. I would like to express my gratitude to my friend and brother President Aleksandr Lukashenko for showing brotherhood and solidarity with Equatorial Guinea and the African continent. We can work together to achieve new goals and results,” Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said.