White House Visit by Angolan Leader Spotlights U.S. Policy Aims

The White House meeting between President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola "marks a profound transformation in our relationship," a senior Biden Administration official said after the session on November 30.

The meeting was intended "to address opportunities to deepen our relationship, identify areas of future cooperation, and discuss regional and global challenges," .according to a read-out issued by the White House "Together they discussed significant U.S. economic investment in Angola, including through the President's flagship Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGI) in the Lobito Corridor with over a billion dollars in U.S. financing committed this year alone."

Previewing the November 30 meeting, Michael Walsh, a visiting researcher at Georgetown School of Foreign Service, writes that the meeting with President João Gonçalves Lourenço, may signal a "much more pragmatic approach to Angola and Africa more generally by the Biden administration.

The meeting marked 30 years since bilateral relations were established during the Clinton presidency in 1993. Angola is currently the third largest U.S trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa, with oil the major component of the partnership.

President Biden welcoming President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço to the Oval Office. "The two leaders marked 30 years of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Angola, and discussed next steps to deepen cooperation on trade, investment, climate, and energy."

The Lobito corridor, which connects the Angolan coastline to rich agricultural production zones & the DR Congo and Zambia, is critical to unleashing a diversified economy for Angola and its neighbors, according to the World Bank.

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