Luis Ayllón. 14/10/2018
Spanish government yesterday expressed its confidence that the pardon promulgated by the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the country, will become effective “as soon as possible,” according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement.
The statement begins by conveying the Executive’s congratulations for an event that -he remembers- “is part of our history”, in reference to the fact that Equatorial Guinea was a colony, first, and later, a Spanish province. “The ties that unite us – he adds – are many and for that reason, the Government, in the name of all the Spanish people, wishes to transfer their wishes of peace, well-being and prosperity, to the Equatorial Guinean people, and to ensure that they will continue working to reach the level of bilateral relations that our people deserve and demand “.
That idea and the personal congratulations of the King and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, was transmitted last Friday to Obiang, by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela, in a private meeting in Malabo, according to the Equatorial Guinean Government, he is grateful that Spain participated “actively” in the celebration of the anniversary.
Valenzuela, who was received by the Equatoguinean president, sees the pardon positive, but asks for more
The Spanish delegation was headed by Valenzuela and, in addition, a detachment of the Navy participated in the commemorative military parade that took place in the capital of Equatorial Guinea.
The foreign communiqué concludes by noting that the Government welcomes the fact that the pardon included in Decree 160 of October 11 has been promulgated on the occasion of the occasion, and hopes that “it will be effective as soon as possible”.
In statements to Efe, Valenzuela described the pardon that affects 36 political prisoners as “a positive step” in the line of what are the concerns of Spain, but qualified that “a step is a step and, in certain things, it is necessary more than one step”.