Israel - Equatorial Guinea
Relations between Equatorial Guinea and Israel began in 1968 with the independence of Equatorial Guinea. The relationship was severed after the Yom Kippur War and renewed in 1994.
Israel and Equatorial Guinea are almost identical in size and GDP per capita.
In August 2019, the first Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Israel - Luciano Nocugo Ndong Iqeda, was appointed at a ceremony at the President's House in Jerusalem. At the ceremony, the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Israel submitted the Charter to President Reuben Rivlin.
The Ambassador is confident of strengthening the relationship between the states, from a political and business standpoint.
The Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Israel is located in the industrial area of Herzliya Pituach.
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said in an interview about relations between the countries and the decision to open an embassy in Israel:"Even before we had an embassy, we worked with Israeli experts, not only in the field of security, but also in agriculture and diplomacy.
That is, we saw the positive, true things, and we reaped the collaborations we had not only on the public but also on the private level.Therefore, due to the fact that we are well aligned with the Israelis, we decided to open an embassy in Israel.We hope that there will be reciprocity and that Israel will also open an embassy in Equatorial Guinea.
My message is to strengthen diplomatic relations at the embassy level, to strengthen economic cooperation with Israeli businessmen and also to increase the awareness of Israeli tourists who want to come to visit Equatorial Guinea.You have a country here that is your friend, a country that loves Israel.I can say that in these moments, civilians from Equatorial Guinea come as pilgrims to visit the holy places in Israel.
I think it's an initiative that started with the people and not the government, because every year a group of the Christian population goes to visit the holy places in Israel.I think that when pilgrims travel there, it is worthwhile to have someone welcome, an ambassador, in case a problem arises.
It is important to have diplomatic authority of Equatorial Guinea.I hope our next meeting will be in Jerusalem. "