29 January 2013

Angolan Vice President Leaves Addis Ababa

Luanda — The Angolan vice president, Manuel Vicente, left Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on Tuesday back home after attending the 20th Summit of the Africa Union's Heads of State and Government that closed on Monday.

Opening the event, the AU outgoing chairman, Thomas Yayi Boni, appealed for unity of the member countries and their leaders in the promotion of stability and development in the continent.

The AU Summit of Heads of State and Government approved on Monday in Addis Ababa, the continental organisation's Solemn Declaration on the situation in Mali, in which the body assume the commitment to raise resources to help the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA) to get deployed and successfully fulfill its mandate.

Meanwhile, on the fringes of the summit, the Angolan vice president met separately with the president of Malawi, Joyce Banda, and with the special envoy of the Russian president for African Affairs, Mikhail Margelov.

With the Malawian president, Manuel Vicente discussed the strengthening of economic cooperation between Angola and that country, especially in the mining sector.

On the other hand, the Angolan vice president discussed with the Russian Federation delegation matters concerning a boost to cooperation in the production of bio-fuels.

The next AU Summit will take place in May this year in Addis Ababa.

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