23 May 2018

Angola: President João Lourenço Praises Diplomatic Efforts to Achieve Peace

Luanda — The Angolan President, João Lourenço, on Wednesday praised the role played by Angolan diplomacy, along with the military effort carried out by the Armed Forces in the context of all the actions that the country has undertaken over the course of a few decades, for the attainment of peace.

Speaking at the Eighth Meeting of Ambassadors, in an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Angolan Head of State said that the security that the country benefits represents a fundamental step forward on which all political initiative is based, to promote progress and development of the nation.

The president emphasized the role played by distinguished Angolan diplomats, among them the former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who, in his view, conducted with mastery and knowledge the process of recognition by the international community of the Angolan State, founded on November 11, 1975.

He went on to say that later on all this diplomatic action allowed the Angolan nation to survive the hostility of the apartheid regime and its allies and at the same time to establish itself as a nation of solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the southern Africa and of the rest of the world.

The Head of State added that such coordination had positive impact in the Cuito Cuanavale battle over the Apartheid regime, in the New York agreements of 22 December 1988, on the basis of which positive steps were taken to settle the conflict in south-west Africa, in which the proclamation of Namibia's independence was possible on 21 March 1990 and the end of the racist regime in South Africa.

"We have a course in the field of diplomacy that we can be proud of and try to honor in each one of the acts we practice, so that we leave an important legacy to the future generations of Angolan diplomats who must bear the responsibility of keeping our independence intact and the great goals of democracy, freedom, peace and development, "he said.

Are taking part in the 8th Meeting of Ambassadors, which ends on Friday, the 59 head of diplomatic missions representing Angola in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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