18 February 2013

Angola Wooing Brazil Over Creation of Military Industry

Luanda — Angola wants to rely on Brazil support to create the National Military Industry and strengthening of Defence Industry, with a view to reducing the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA)'s dependence on the purchase of logistics abroad.

The country's intention was expressed Monday in Luanda by the Minister of National Defence, Cândido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dunem, while speaking at the opening of talks between the delegations of the Defence Ministries of both states, under the visit of his Brazilian counterpart, Celso Amorim.

The minister said his Ministerial department is open to exploration and discussion the other ways of cooperation in the field of defense and respective armed forces based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits.

In the context of the talks, Cândido Ván-Dunem also defended the need of the delegations to work toward the goal of strengthening the contents of the existing cooperation agreement and, as a result, reflect on the new subsidiary programmes.

Therefore, the Angolan minister stressed the importance of the visit by his Brazilian counterpart.

According to him, the visit will allow the creation of new more solid foundation for a more active cooperation in the field of defense and armed forces.

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 today the Naval Base of Luanda, belonging to Angolan Navy.

The official talks end Tuesday with the signing of the final document, followed by a reading of press release.

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