APS : Saturday, 07 April 2018
ALGIERS- Angola’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Manuel Domingos Augusto underlined, Saturday in Algiers, the “high potential” of cooperation between Algeria and his country,
stressing the need to enhance economic cooperation up to the level of the political relations between the two countries.
“We came here to Algeria to explore ways and means to shore up our economic, trade and technical cooperation and boost it up to the level of the political relations between our two countries,” said Augusto at the end of a working session with Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.
“Both our countries have natural resources like gas and oil. However, Algeria has more extensive experience than ours, hence the need to develop mutually beneficial partnership mechanism,” he added.
Augusto said that his visit aims at “reaffirming our friendship with Algeria, whose support was fundamental to the independence of Angola.”
“It will be also an opportunity to express our deep gratitude to Algeria for its support to Angola in the field of training with the presence of Angolan students in Algeria for years, thanks to the scholarships granted by the Algerian Government,” said the Angolan Foreign minister.
Furthermore, he added that he discussed with Messahel the situation in Africa, especially in the Sahel region.
For his part, Messahel said that the two sides agreed to convene the Algerian-Angolan Joint Committee very soon, and stressed the need to review the legal framework between the two countries.”
“Twenty-nine agreements have been signed (Algeria and Angola), but we have to update some of them and explore new areas of cooperation, following the changes that occurred in the economies of the two countries,” added Messahel.
Algeria and Angola “share the same principles,” said the Foreign minister, adding that the two countries “are working in close collaboration for the promotion of African ideals within the African Union and for the emergence of a very strong movement in Africa to represent the interests of the continent.”
The working session was also an opportunity to discuss the situation in the Sahel, as well as in Libya and Mali, especially the implementation of Bamako agreement, stemming from Algiers process for the restoration of peace in Mali, he said.
“I have informed my friend the Angolan minister on the challenges we are facing, especially the fight against terrorism and illegal migration,” added Messahel.
As regards Western Sahara conflict, Messahel underlined the “convergence of their views” on the issue, adding “that we are both in favour of the implementation of all United Nations resolutions, particularly the Security Council’s.”