Government Equatorial Guinea requests United States collaboration in fight against maritime piracy The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has knocked on the door of the United States of America in order to seek collaboration with the Government in its fight against kidnappings and attacks on its oil platforms and vessels located in its jurisdictional waters. Over 80% of the GDP of the Central African country depends on oil and gas resources originating in the waters of its exclusive economic zone located in the Gulf of Guinea. Its infrastructures suffered at least four kidnappings during 2020, which could do enormous damage to its economic potential.

11/01/2021

For that reason, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeón Oyono Esono Angue, met the United States politician, Anthony Jean Tata, interim Sub-Secretary for US Defence Policy, who led a delegation from his country on a working visit to Equatorial Guinea.

Oyono Esono Angue, before thanking the guest from the Pentagon for the material offered to the Equatoguinean Government for the fight against COVID-19, also said that maritime piracy was a key issue for national security for his Government, whole pointing out the joint efforts made in coordination with countries in the subregion to counteract the scourge. Furthermore, he urged the training of personnel, the exchange of information, and the provision of equipment and material in order to counteract the effects of these crimes on the high seas.

Faced with the growing incidence of organised piracy in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, the Foreign Minister invited United States businessmen to further invest in various sectors of the Equatorial Guinea national economy, taking into account that the country was the first national investor whose companies discovered and exploited underground oil, which led to the construction if new infrastructures within national territory..

Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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