MINSK, 8 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko personally saw off Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the airport on completion of his official visit to Belarus, BelTA has learned.
BelTA reported earlier that the leader of the African country arrived in Belarus in the evening on 6 September. The itinerary of the visit was quite intensive and included official negotiations with Aleksandr Lukashenko in the Palace of Independence, the signing of bilateral documents, visits to enterprises, familiarization with capabilities of Belarusian manufacturers.
During the negotiations Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed: “You have to know that you are no strangers to us. To Belarusians and Russians. Because we have a history of cooperation that goes back to the depth of development and existence of the Soviet Union. Since you are close people for us, not strangers, we invite you to Belarus and open our hearts before you.”
Belarus and Equatorial Guinea intend to raise the volume of bilateral trade past $100 million by 2030. The sides also discussed the development of manufacturing cooperation, assistance with training personnel for various branches of the national economy of Equatorial Guinea.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was particularly grateful to the Belarusian side for the friendly approach and the readiness to work together. He said: “We share the readiness to do effective joint work, readiness for genuine manufacturing cooperation, which will allow us to realize the potential of our countries. It is obvious that this cooperation can become kind of a platform not only for aiding Equatorial Guinea but also for aiding other African countries, which suffer from extreme poverty.”