Ambassador Henry O Macauley Presents Letters of Credence to Equatorial Guinea’s President
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea His Excellency Henry O Macauley has presented his letters of credence to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at his State House in Port City of BATA.
The Ambassador’s move is in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which says ambassadors are not regarded as having officially taken up their duties until the accreditation process is completed.
Presenting his Letters of Credence, Ambassador Macauley extended felicitations to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Government and People of Equatorial Guinea on behalf of Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma, and said President Ernest Bai Koroma has appointed him as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to work with the Equatorial Guinean Government and strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
H.E Ambassador Henry O Macauley also congratulated President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on his appointment to host the African Union (A.U) summit next year and promised to explore the possibility of establishing a Joint Permanent Commission for Co-operation between both countries: especially in the areas of energy, trade investments, science and technology, agriculture, mineral energy, education and research, tourism and cultural exchange.
Accepting the Letters of Credence, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed happiness for the move by the President Ernest Bai Koroma Government to formalize its relationship with his Country.
“I am happy that you have come to Equatorial Guinea to start work, because it is important for the two Countries to work in partnership,” said President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
He recalled President Ernest Bai Koroma’s visit to Equatorial Guinea August last year and said he owes a return visit to Sierra Leone. “And now that you have started work in Equatorial Guinea, we will start using your office as a channel to improve on our (Sierra Leone & Equatorial Guinea) relationships”.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed the hope that he will see more of Ambassador Henry O. Macauley in Equatorial Guinea.
Ambassador Macauley was given a red carpet welcome by Equatorial Guinea’s Chief Protocol Officer Mr. Marcus Ndong Edu Ndena at the State House of Equatorial Guinea. He was received by the Country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pastor Micha Ondo Bile who presented him to the president.
Witnessing the occasion were officials considered to be most influential in the Equatorial Guinea’s Government. They included Minister – Ignacio Milam Tang, Ambassador to the United States – Purification Angue Ondo, the Military chief General Mecanio Ebendeng the Oil Minister, The Minister of Finance and other Government officials.
According to Head of Chancery James T. A Sawi, presentation of Letters of Credence allows a country to have full diplomatic relations with a country even if maintaining a resident ambassador is not necessary.
He said it is usual for an ambassador to be accredited to only one country at a time, but this is not always the case. In Ambassador Henry O Macauley’s case he has a multiple accreditations.
“In this case, ambassadors live in one country, and travel to the others as required.”
Among the diplomats accredited to a particular country (the diplomatic corps), seniority is determined by the date of accreditation.
Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, BATA Equatorial Guinea
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