President Francisco Macias Nguema of Equatorial Guinea arrived in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on Monday to begin a five-day official visit.
President Francisco Macias Nguema of Equatorial Guinea arrived in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on Monday to begin a five-day official visit. Accompanied by an eleven-man delegation, Senor Macias Nguema was greeted on arrival by President Jean-Bedel Bokassa and members of the Central African Republic's administration.
After a display of traditional tribal dancing, the two leaders exchanged words of welcome, during which President Bokassa referred to his Equatorial Guinean counterpart's role in the freedom of his country from Spanish colonial rule.
Equatorial Guinea -- comprising the islands of Macias Nguema Byogo, Corisco, Great Elobey and Small Elobey, ??? and the west African mainland territory of Rio Muni -- ??? independence in October 1968 with Senor Macias Nguema as president. In July 1972 the President declared that his term of office was for life. Equatorial Guinea is now a full member of both the Organisation for African Unity and the United Nations.
President Macias Nguema's official visit to the Central African Republic -- his first -- is seen by observers as a move to create stronger ties of friendship and inter-dependence with members of the French-African community in central Africa. Bilateral discussions between the two leaders are believed to have touched upon the establishment of full diplomatic relations and possibility of economic and cultural co-operation.