9 January 2013

Angola: MIREX Envisages Active Diplomacy

Luanda — The Angolan Foreign Ministry (MIREX) will focus its diplomatic action in 2013 on an active diplomacy, based on mutual respect and reciprocal advantages with other states, Angop learned Wednesday in Luanda.

This was said by the Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, while addressing the opening of a meeting of Angolan ambassadors going until Friday to identify future tasks and ways for their approach.

In his address, the minister added that MIREX will focus its action on ensuring the realisation of the national interest, by respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the states.

He said MIREX will also seek to establish and strengthen cooperation with all countries of the world, with stress to regional and sub-regional bloc partners of which Angola is part.

According to Geoges Chikoti, the agenda includes an active participation in the process of establishment of a just and democratic order in Africa and world, based on the international law, within the framework of the African Union (AU) and United Nations Organisation (UNO).

Angola will also take an active participation, within the organisations it is part of, in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, mainly in Africa.

On the other hand, minister Chikoty said the meeting with the ambassadors is intended to identify opportunities and respond to the challenge of improving the working methods to do more with less resources, through creativity.

The minister further stated that the geo-political directors will make an assessment of the situation in their respective areas, assisted by some ambassadors who will come up with selected topics.

Georges Chikoti recalled that the ongoing meeting is taking place five months after the holding of the country's third general elections which, he added, requires an analysis of the paths for the implementation of the guidelines of Angolan Executive's external policy until

2017, as per programme of the Government that emerged from the polls of August 31.

According to him, the said programme assigns MIREX with the task of reinforcing the positioning of Angola within the international context and expanding bilateral and multi-lateral relations.

On the other hand, according to the official, the meeting is taking place at a time the international environment is more and more competitive and driven by the forces of globalisation, which demands from the states a clarification of their interests, or face the risk of being subdued by others.

In addition to the Angolan ambassadors in various missions and MIREX directors, the meeting's opening ceremony was attended by the ministers of Social Communication, José Luís de Matos, Interior, Ângelo de Veiga Tavares, Defence, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, Health, José Van-Dúnem, the secretary of State for Culture, Cornélio Caley, and other officials.

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