4 July 2014

Angola: U.S Reiterates Support for Angola's DRC Pacification Efforts

Luanda — The United State's support for Angola?s efforts towards the pacification in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was reiterated Thursday in Luanda by the US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires .

Addressing the ceremony marking the celebration of the 238th anniversary of the US independence (July 7), Heather Merritt said that the Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, and the Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, are playing a vital role in the delicate peace process in the DRC.

She stated that the US appreciates and supports Angola's efforts, which brought in for three times the special envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Russel Feingold, for consultation and exchange of information.

Heather Merritt also stated that the US counts on Angola as an influential partner to help ensure security at the open sea, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea.

The diplomat also pledged the US readiness to continue working with the Angolan Government and army in the search of a lasting peace in the region, and ensure security and prosperity for the peoples of southern and central Africa.

She recalled the recent visit to Angola of the secretary of State, John Kerry, saying Angola has since long been in the mind of the US leaders.

The diplomat added that president Barack Obama seized the successful visit of John Kerry to invite his Angolan counterpart, José Eduardo dos Santos, to attend the first US/Africa Summit in Washington in August this year.

Heather Merrit said the Summit will be an opportunity for the US and African leaders to promote trade, strategies for sustainable development, and discuss ways to ensure peace and stability on the continent.

She also reiterated the wish of the US authorities to continue working with the Angolan Government and locally-based NGOs in the combat of Hiv/Aids, poliomyelitis, malaria and improvement of maternal and infant health and other areas.

On the other hand, the diplomat informed that the newly appointed US ambassador to Angola, Helen La Lime, is already in Luanda.

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