5 February 2013

Angola and Germany Analyse Cooperation

Luanda — Cooperation between Angola and Germany, especially the developments that followed the visit to Angola of that European country's chancellor, Angela Merkel, in July 2011, was reviewed Tuesday in Luanda.

This was during a meeting between an Angolan delegation, headed by the secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto, and a German team led by Angela Merkel's envoy for Africa, Gunter Nook.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Manuel Augusto told reporters that the decisions made by the leadership of the two countries, president Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and chancellour Angela Merkel of Germany, are now being implemented.

The diplomat added that Angola wants Germany to be a strategic partner and be present and take concrete actions that may have an impact on the development of the country.

In his turn, the German official said the meeting served for an exchange of views on the relations between the two countries and the development that followed the visit of Angela Merkel in July 2011.

According to Gunter Nook, the parties also discussed the future of cooperation between the two countries in such sectors as mining and energy.

He stated that the meeting also touched on matters concerning the situation prevailing in the region, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) he will be visiting next week.

The diplomat explained that the parties discussed how the western countries can contribute to avoid conflicts associated with the natural resources.

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