MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, will participate in the G20 summit that will take place in the Mediterranean city of Cannes in November.
President Obiang, chosen unanimously as rotating President of the African Union (AU), at the 16th Ordinary Assembly celebrated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month, will represent the 53 AU member states. During the summit, President Obiang urged his fellow Africans to take the lead in resolving the conflicts that have ravaged the continent. "Africa must focus on the dialogue for a peaceful negotiated solution to the conflicts that ravage our towns. Africa must assume, more than ever, a leading role not just on the continent but in the international arena."
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised President Obiang for his recent election as AU President, saying, "I expect that the increasing desire of the African community to take responsibility for their continent's destiny into their own hands, in cooperation with foreign partners, will contribute to strengthening the organization's role in regional processes and to a more balanced system of international relations."
The President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Jose Bono, during a recent visit to Equatorial Guinea, expressed support for President Obiang's objective to have the AU adopt Spanish as an official language. Equatorial Guinea is the continent's only Spanish-speaking country.
Other countries whose leaders will join President Obiang at the G20 summit include the United Arab Emirates, the presiding country of the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf; Ethiopia, which presides over the Orientation Committee of the new Association for Africa's Development; and Singapore, which will represent the 27 countries of the Global Governance Group (3G).
About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country will host the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.
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