9 January 2013

Angola: Foreign Minister Reaffirms Country's Availability to Curb Illegal Immigration

Luanda — Angolan minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, Wednesday in Luanda reaffirmed the country's willingness to cooperate with neighbouring States in combat illegal immigration.

The government minister said so to the press after the opening ceremony of the meeting that gathered Angolan ambassadors going until Friday, 11 January in Luanda.

"We have tried to engage as the best way our neighbours as possible, despite the fact that illegal immigration, coming to Angola, is not only restricted to neighbouring countries but also to West African States," he said.

According to the official, an important aspect is that, while in Angola, many want to settle in delicate areas such as the exploitation of diamond.

On Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which share the border with Angola, the minister explained that much work has been carried out, but the ability to control this phenomenon is limited.

However, in his view, a tighter coupling between the authorities of both States may enable to curb much of this illegal immigration.

Regarding the Angolans, who are in neighbouring countries, then in the condition of refugees, Georges Chikoti said it has been concluded that during this rainy season it will be hard to move large number of population.

On the other hand, the minister announced the ongoing study that allow the legalisation of Angolans who want to stay in the host countries.

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