Media Update on South Africans in Equatorial Guinea: Joint Statement between the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

A delegation of senior officials of the Departments of Foreign Affairs of South Africa and Equatorial Guinea met in Tshwane yesterday, Monday, 19 December 2005 to discuss the matter of the two South Africans, Ruwayda Kaldine and Seshan Pillay, currently in Equatorial Guinea due to their passports having been confiscated. Discussions between the two delegations also centered on contractual matters of concern to Equatorial Guinea.

The discussions were held in a cordial manner reflecting the good relations between the two countries. It was resolved that the passports of Ruwayda Kaldine and Seshan Pillay be returned to them to leave Malabo as soon as possible. The Department of Foreign Affairs undertook to facilitate meetings with the South African companies as requested by the Equatorial Guinea.

The delegation from Equatorial Guinea was led by the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Anastacio Asumu Mum. Other members were Mr. Antonio Nsue Nguema, Attorney General of the High Court of the country, Advocate Leoncio Andres Ondo Modjo and Mr. Matias Mba Madja, a representative of the Ministry of Finance. The Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in South Africa, H.E. Bibang Nchuchuma, accompanied the delegation.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

On behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Equitorial Guinea Embassy in Pretoria
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag x 152
20 December 2005

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