23 May 2018

Angola Pledges to Comply With Principles of International Law

Luanda — Angola will continue to abide by the principles of international law, such as respect for national sovereignty, priority to conflict resolution through dialogue, compliance with international agreements and treaties, and UN resolutions.

This was stated Wednesday by the President of the Republic João Lourenço at the opening ceremony of the VIII Meeting of the Angolan Ambassadors, running until Friday in Luanda, an initiative of Foreign Affairs Ministry.

João Lourenço urged for work to make diplomacy more efficient, enhance the country's good image, attracting foreign private investment and promote Angola as a tourist destination.

The President said that the achievement of these goals entails good use of resources, reducing diplomatic and consular missions and, therefore, the staffing.

The Statesman said that this process will help increase the number of countries in which Angola will accredit non-resident ambassadors.

João Lourenço considered this practice normal as in no way decreases the efficiency of serving the countries with which it has diplomatic relations.

He noted that active and proactive diplomacy allows attracting interests, investors and other resources capable of helping transform Angola's economic potential into real wealth for the benefit of Angolans.

The President recommended ambassadors to pay attention to the cooperation and development assistance of mechanisms available in the countries and international organisations in which they are accredited, in order to obtain all possible benefits.

"It is important not to overlook the advantages that can result from boosting training and upgrading capacity building, social infrastructure building and strengthening of the country's institutional capacity," he said.

To the President, the responsibilities of diplomacy are numerous, especially promoting a positive image of Angola that does not always seem an easy task to execute.

On the other hand, the president spoke of the need to take care of all aspects that help promote a good image of an honorable country in terms of management of the public assets.

As for the use of the diplomatic passport, the head of State spoke of the intention to inaugurate an era of greater accountability.

No tolerance for poor management of finance and property, not even nepotism by some officials of the Ministry itself or heads of diplomatic missions, will be allowed in this new era, he stressed.

The President of the Republic directed the urgent updating of the list of the entities entitled to use the diplomatic passport.

The measure is intended to lent valued to this document with international validity.

"The authorities will certainly have to collect or at least not renew a number of passports held by citizens, until it proves otherwise that they do not exercise, have never exercised or have ceased to perform any function that entitles them to be holders of it," he said.

Defending work on a radical change in the management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President asked the minister and his team for a thrift and exemplary management of the funds and assets of the institution, both in Angola and abroad.

The meeting gathers 59 heads of diplomatic missions representing Angola in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The agenda of the event includes Award of Diploma of Merit, retirement of eight Ambassadors this year 2018.

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