Angola, Italy Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

Luanda — Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Esmeralda Mendonça discussed Tuesday with the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Italy Marina Serenni aspects related to the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in the most diverse Domains.

During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the FAO Pre-Summit on Food Systems, the two entities reiterated their availability to reinforce mutually beneficial cooperation.

Esmeralda Mendonça highlighted Angola's interest in strengthening relations between the two countries in the economic field, having reiterated the invitation to the Italian business class to explore the business and investment opportunities the Angolan market offers.

They agreed to promote greater dialogue between the business classes from both countries, which could be facilitated by the action of the existing Chambers of Commerce, as well as through business forums in Angola and Italy.

They expressed availability of both ministries to carry out political consultations on yearly basis in order to harmonise the positions at the level of regional and world diplomacy, as well as the commitment to preserving peace among peoples.

The reciprocal support for candidacies in the international system, in particular for Angola's candidacy for member of the Executive Board of Unesco, was also mentioned by the Angolan official.

Esmeralda Mendonça took the opportunity to invite Italy to attend the second edition of the Luanda Biennial - Pan-African Forum for Culture of Peace, set for October this year, in Luanda, in a joint initiative of the Angolan government, African Union and UNESCO.

The Pre-Summit on Food Systems, co-organised by the United Nations and the Italian Government, is an antechamber to the Summit on Food Systems, taking place as part within the scope of the Decade of Action to implement the 2030 Agenda.

The Summit on Food Systems will be held in parallel with the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations, taking place from 14 to 30 September 2021, in New York.

The summit's objective is to generate progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a Food Systems approach, leveraging the interconnection with global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality.

The Angolan delegation, headed by the Minister of State for the Social Area, Carolina Cerqueira, also includes the Secretary of State for Fisheries, Esperança Costa and the Permanent Representative of Angola to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Maria of Fatima Jardim.

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