18 January 2008

Angola: Foreign Minister Back From DR Congo

Luanda — Angolan Foreign minister, João Bernardo de Miranda, returned Friday in Luanda, from DR Congo, where he travelled to gather information and assess the situation prevailing in that country of the Great Lakes Region.

During his 48 hours visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, João Miranda transmitted a message from president José Eduardo dos Santos to his DRC counterpart, Joseph Kabila, as part of the Conference on Peace and Development in the Troubled Regions, taking place since January 6, in Goma, capital of Northern Kivu province.

At the talks with president Joseph Kabila matters related to bilateral relations, as well as those focused on peace in Central Africa sub-region and the Great Lakes region were tackled. The delegation led by minister João Miranda included the Angolan ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mawete João Baptista, the director for Africa and Middle East Department of the Foreign Ministry, Mário Félix, and minister councillor, Osvaldo Varela.

The mission to that neighbouring country was aimed at getting informed on the situation of in that nation's eastern region and see in which way Angola can assist politically and diplomatically the Democratic Republic of Congo government to attain peace.

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