The gradual end of hostiles in West Africa has led to the revival of interstate connections over the past few years. The fragile balance that once characterised affairs between countries in the region is now changing and some frosty relationships are now beginning to thaw.
This feeling was recently accentuated as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea H.E. Henry O. Macualy presented his Letters of Credence to the government there. The presentation of the Letters – recognised as a formal exchange between states that grant diplomatic accredtion to a named individual to act as an Ambassador– have been recognised as a move towards improved relationships between the two countries. Equatorial Guinea’s Chief of Protocol Mr. Marcus Ndong Edu Ndena has said that the move has reawakened bilateral ties between the two nations. While some commentators question why the Ambassador has chosen this particular moment to publicly exhibit his proclamations of interstate unity, advocates like Ndena claim that attempts to revitalize old ties are a move in the right direction; especially now when interstate cooperation between African states is needed.
Equatorial Guinea has experienced tumultuous media coverage in recent years, with attempted coups from foreign mercenaries and a bombardment of attention concerning the apparent squandering of its rich oil resources. While the two countries have aided one another with refugee influxes in the past, relations appeared to have simmered in recent years. The move has left many wondering what the future holds for these two states, and whether development through improved bilateral relations will prove to be beneficial for citizens in the region.