18 February 2013

Angola: Defense Minister Stresses Country's Commitment to Peace

Luanda — The Republic of Angola is seriously engaged at international level, in the struggle for peace and security in the world and for fairer relations, said today, Monday, in Luanda, the minister of National Defence, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem.

"In particular, we remain apprehensive and deeply concerned about the conflicts that occur in Africa and have caused enormous loss of lives, displaced persons, refugees and irreparable economic harm," said the minister while speaking at the opening session of official talks between Angola and Brazil.

He stressed that, for this reason, the Angolan government, as always, stood prepared to be part of peace efforts that are being undertaken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic, Mali, Sudan and South Sudan.

"We think that all interested countries to should endeavour efforts to establish a political order in the Middle East and other parts of our planet," he said.

To Cândido Van-Dúnem, through dialogue and consultation policy, you can find understandings conducive to the preservation of peace and world security scenarios required for the development of humanity.

He stressed that as part of its foreign policy, always and unequivocally Angola defends the values of freedom, solidarity and justice in the relentless pursuit of well-being for all people, principles that should allow its triumphal march toward building a better world.

In official talks taking place at the premises of the Ministry of Defence between delegations headed by the Angolan minister, Cândido Van-Dúnem, and his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim, the parties assess the state of bilateral cooperation in this field, with emphasis on the development of industry Angolan military and training of military cadres.

Even today Celso Amorim, who is accompanied by general officers of the branches of the Army, Navy and Air Force and a large number of entrepreneurs linked to Brazilian military industry, will visit the Naval Base of Luanda, belonging to Angolan Navy.

On Tuesday, official talks end in the morning with the signing of the final documentation, followed by the reading of a press release.

Angola and Brazil maintain friendly relations and cooperation in various fields since 1975, when the Brazilian government to recognize Angola as a sovereign state.

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