37 years have passed since Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, came to visit our country for the first time.
Great Comrade Kim Il Sung offered warm hospitality to Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and his party who visited our country from August 21 to 24, 1984. During this time, he met with the President as many as eight times and gave him valuable teachings on how to build a new society.
President Kim Il Sung said it is only when Equatorial Guinea adheres to the principles of independence in politics, self-sufficiency in the economy, and self-reliance in national defense that it can soon remove vestiges of colonial subjugation and safeguard the independence of the country, and that it can further contribute to the accomplishment of the cause of global independence.
President Kim Il Sung hosted a grand reception in honor of the President of Equatorial Guinea and his party. He also made arrangements for them to look around Pyongyang City and other local areas and to appreciate art performance. He then took benevolent steps of dispatching our technicians to Equatorial Guinea to help it develop agriculture and fishing industry – the key to solving the food problem of the country.
Therefore, the President of Equatorial Guinea said that he felt obliged to the great President Kim Il Sung for helping Equatorial Guinea with sincerity to make sure that it attains self-sufficiency. He expressed his willingness to do his level best to safeguard sovereignty of the country, realize self-sufficiency in the economy, and to expand and develop the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries as had been taught by President Kim Il Sung.
President Obiang visited our country again in 1992 and conferred the highest order of Equatorial Guinea on President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il respectively. He was honoured to be awarded the first “International Kim Jong Il Prize” in August, 2013.
No matter how the situation may change, the long-standing traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries continue to strengthen and develop in various fields.
We will as ever support and encourage the government and people of Equatorial Guinea in their struggle to build an independent and prosperous country, and make positive efforts to continuously develop the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.
Pak Yong Hyok, Secretary General of Korea-Africa Association