The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels has begun his diplomatic contacts with his diplomatic counterparts accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium. Following the principles of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the Equatoguinean Ambassador has chosen to begin these meetings with an audience that took place on Friday, January 19, 2024.
During this audience, the Ambassador met with His Excellency and Most Reverend Monsignor Franco Coppola, Apostolic Nuncio to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Vienna Convention grants diplomats of the Holy See the status of deans of the Diplomatic Corps in the country of their accreditation.
The hearing served as an opportunity for diplomatic counterparts to get to know each other in person. The Equatoguinean Ambassador presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Philip Leopold Louis Marie of Belgium on November 29 of last year. Monsignor Coppola wished the Ambassador success in his new mission and expressed his extensive knowledge of Africa, especially Equatorial Guinea, thanks to his participation in the pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II to the country in 1982.
During the meeting, Miguel Oyono Ndong Mifumu shared his experience as Ambassador in Paris for almost nine years and mentioned the concordat signed in 2012 between the Equatoguinean State and the Holy See, which governs bilateral relations. He invited the Apostolic Nuncio to visit Equatorial Guinea again when he considers it appropriate.
Text and photos: Javier Obama Nsue Nchama