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Fri, 04 Sep 2009 19:30 - Updated Fri, 04 Sep 2009 19:29

Angolan ambassador considers cooperation with China steady


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Beijing – The Angolan ambassador to China, João Manuel Bernardo, said recently here that Angola and China continue setting significant and steady steps towards promoting bilateral cooperation.

João Manuel Bernardo said so during a fraternisation dinner he hosted to the chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) Staff, Francisco Pereira Furtado, and his delegation.

The diplomat on the occasion spoke of the history of cooperation between Angola and China, recalling that since 1983, the two countries have been working towards the diversification and consolidation of bilateral cooperation.

“Today we have made a significant progress in this chapter. We are China’s privileged and strategic partner. The levels of our cooperation are high and good, in trade, civil construction and now in the military sector it is starting to note an effective development of our cooperation”, said the diplomat, adding that the result is owed to everyone’s effort.

In his turn, the FAA chief of Staff thanked the ambassador’s personal assistance to his team and the effort to open the defence chancellery with the Angolan diplomatic mission in Beijing.

To him, FAA priority is the participation in the country’s process of socio-economic development, in response to instructions from the commander-in-chief, José Eduardo dos Santos.

He highlighted the participation of the Angolan Armed Forces in peacekeeping missions in the region, in the African continent and world, stating as an example the country’s role in the defence of peace and regional security in the Gulf of Guinea and central Africa.

The officer also spoke of the need for FAA to be at the heights of the country’s responsibilities in the modernity and mastering of the new military technologies, in order to better contribute to the national economy, in peacekeeping missions anywhere in the world.

He underlined that China has the know-how and technology it intends to share on the basis of a friendly cooperation with the Angolan Armed Forces, with a view to their modernisation and participation in the country’s socio-economic development.

The FAA chief of Staff paid a visit to China from August 25 to September 1 this year, as part of the cooperation existing between the two countries.

While in Beijing, gen. Furtado met with his local counterpart, Chen Bingde, with whom he discussed matters concerning the strengthening of the Angola/China strategic partnership in the field of defence.