16 June 2016

Angolan Role in Conflicts Pacification Highlighted - U.S Secretary

Luanda — The Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Contryman, highlighted on Wednesday in Luanda the great leadership of Angola in the pacification of conflicts on the continent.

Thomas Contryman was speaking to the press at the end of the audience granted to him by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Chikoti, to address specific matters relating to technological issues of nuclear weapons.

He considered necessary to strengthen the strategic partnership with States in the UN Security Council of which Angola is a member country.

According to him, the responsibility of the State Department is dealing with biological weapons and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, "especially with countries like North Korea and Iran".

He said that Angola can make a contribution in this sense because it has already chaired the UN Security Council when it adopted a resolution on North Korea.

The US official defended that all UN member states should respect the referred resolution.

He informed that President Barack Obama is committed to reducing the level of nuclear weapons, especially between the United States and Russia.

"For example, with respect to North Korea, if we want this country to retreat in its advances for the acquisition of nuclear weapons, we must have a unified voice around the world in this sense", he expressed.

Thomas Contryman, who is paying a two-day visit to Luanda since Wednesday, will meet NGOs that benefited from USA funds for demining process in Angola, namely The Hallo Trust, Mines Advisor Group (Mag) and Norwegian People's Aid.

The US official is also expected to meet the Angolan Secretary of State of Defense for Material Resource, Salviano de Jesus Cerqueira.

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