2 February 2014

Angola: Vice President Back to Luanda From Addis Ababa

Photo: Thijs Bouwknegt/RNW
International Criminal Court in the Hague

Angola's vice president of Republic Manuel Vicente returned Saturday from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he attended the 22nd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union( AU ), in representation of the Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos.

At the Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro "International Airport, the vice president was welcomed by minister of State and chief of Civil Office of the President, Edeltrudes Costa.

State Secretaries for Transport, José Kuvíngua and for Cooperation, Ângela Bragança as well as high ranking officials of his Office also joined the team that received the vice president.

The 22nd Summit of the Head of State and Government focused on agriculture and food security in the continent.

Opened on January 30, the Summit approved, among other matters, Angola's bid for UN Security Council non permanent seat for 2015/2016 period.

During the meeting the Heads of State reiterated the need for quick and integrated operation of all components of the African peace and security architecture as well as additional effective measures for the operational and structural prevention of conflicts.

The Summit also welcomed the progress being recorded in the consolidation of peace and reconciliation in Comoros, Liberia , Cote d' Ivoire , Tunisia , Mali , Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar.

The member States and regional economic communities were also urged to analyse the impact of negotiations on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements on the African integration agenda.

As for the African Integrated Maritime Strategy 2050, the Statesmen recognise that the oceans are essential for sustainable development.

To this purpose, highlight the strengthening of capacity of member States to manage their exclusive economic zones .

On the sidelines of the event the Angolan vice president attended the meeting of the heads of State of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) which decided the lifting of sanction on Madagascar, as result of free and fair elections in that country.

Manuel Vicente also attended the meeting that reviewed the agreement on peace, security and cooperation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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