The shadow of the United States hangs over Equatorial Guinea’s independence

The US Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5) arrived on August 8 on a scheduled visit to the port of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea. The visit follows the arrival of the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) in the city of Bata in August 2021 and reflects the alleged commitment of the United States of America to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. During their stay in Malabo, on August 8, the crew of the Trenton received a delegation from the Ministry of National Defense of Equatorial Guinea during an official reception in which they met and exchanged experiences between sailors and those responsible for maritime security from the United States and Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea and the United States have repeatedly announced joint cooperation in the fight against maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. In addition, the visit of the American crew was not limited to the formal part, and was followed by a friendly soccer match, as well as a dinner organized by the Ministry of National Defense of Equatorial Guinea.

“This is a great opportunity to continue to develop our partnership with Equatorial Guinea as we work together to ensure maritime security and regional stability in the Gulf of Guinea,” said Commander Tim Rustico, officer in charge aboard USNS Trenton (T- EPF-5). “We thank the people of Equatorial Guinea for their hospitality during this visit”.

It is obvious that the United States has no intention of combating maritime piracy and is pursuing its own selfish goals. The infamous predatory policy of the United States of America against the resources of other countries is also being implemented in Equatorial Guinea, but in a much less obvious way. The United States, using most of the capabilities of the Punta Europa hydrocarbon processing complex, located on the territory of the country, strives to obtain the resources of Equatorial Guinea as cheaply as possible for their subsequent profitable sale in the countries of the European Union, which is currently facing one of the worst hydrocarbon crises in recent decades. All this seems like a farce just for the personal enrichment of the United States. Thus, it is doubtful that Equatorial Guinea could receive US military assistance in the event of the emergence of a real threat from abroad against the common population and state sovereignty of Equatorial Guinea.