Welcome to Malabo
A welcome address by HE President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo,
President of Equatorial Guinea
Within days of the opening of the Third Summit of Heads of State of the countries of Africa and South America, I wish to send, in my capacity of President of the Republic and head of State, my best wishes for the success of the meetings, while I wish a warm welcome to Malabo and fraternal hospitality in our country, to all my colleagues and all the delegations participating in the Third ASA Summit, scheduled to take place in the new city of Sipopo, from 20 to 23 February 2013.
The process of political dialogue initiated in the first and second summits of ASA, held in 2006 in Abuja, Nigeria, and in 2009 in Margarita Island, Venezuela, respectively, represents an important step in the implementation of the principles of South-South cooperation among the States of Africa and South America. Both continents have a common history and destiny, which was the base for the creation of this important forum with the need to encourage and strengthen a close and effective South-South cooperation in areas of common interest.
A welcome address by HE Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Equatorial Guinea
SIPOPO, the emblematic new city in the District of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, will house, from the 20 to 23 of February, 2013, the Third summit of the Head of States of the Africa – South America forum (ASACOF). On this memorable occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is pleased to welcome to Equatorial Guinea all the delegations of the member countries of the Forum, observers, special guests, and all others who directly and indirectly support the objectives of this forum.
ASACOF is a bi-regional forum for exchange and cooperation in the political, socio-economic and cultural areas between States and peoples of the South, its objective being the closer ties of brotherhood among these peoples, and to cooperate for their sustainable development, while respecting their sovereignty, independence and self-determination.
The objectives of the ASACOF are endorsed by the Government of Equatorial Guinea since they circumscribe fully with the new dynamics of its foreign policy towards the horizon 2020, which has, among its main axes, the systematic and progressive drive towards an open Equatorial Guinea with the outside world, and preferential treatment to the particular historic ties with the countries of the " Hispanic community of Nations".