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Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:31 - Updated Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:42

Angola and Ghana set technical meeting for August


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Presidents of Angola and Ghana, José Eduardo dos Santos and John Evans Atta Mils, respectively

Accra – The presidents of Angola and Ghana, José Eduardo dos Santos and John Evans Atta Mils, respectively, agreed to hold in August this year in Luanda, a technical meeting of preparation of the fifth session of the bilateral commission.

The purpose of the August meeting is to define the fields for coopeation in the sectors of oil, gas, energy, commerce and industry, agriculture, education, development of infrastructures, private business sector, environmental management, science and technology and fight against transnational crime.

This is contained in a final declaration issued at the end of the Angolan head of State’s visit to Ghana.

Read by the Angolan Foreign minister, Assunção dos Anjos, the declaration says hat the visit has provided for an excellent opportunity for the two leaders to review the historical relations and combine efforts for reinforcement of peace and regional and international security.

The two heads of State  and their respective delegations reviewed existing bilateral relations and agreed to combine effort towards the development of a more fruitful and mutually advantageous cooperation.h

The presidents appreciated the signing of the two juridical instruments that provide for a more significant and effective framework for the reinforcement of cooperation. The instruments make provisions for a general accord of economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation and a memorandum of understanding for permanent political consultations between the Foreign ministries from both countries.

The two leaders welcomed the progress reached in democratic governance in Africa and underlined the need for the implementation of commitments undertaken under their respective constitutions and under the African Union, particularly concerning good governance, respect for human and rights and the law.

The parties analysed the recent developments in the politics and security in the continent, in the light of the declaration of 2010 as the year of peace and security in Africa.

They also expressed concern at the political situation and conflict prevailing in some regions of the continent, particularly in Central Africa republic, Côte d’Ivore, Darfur, DR Congo, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Niger and Somalia.

The leaders also expressed concern at the situation prevailing in the Gulf of Guinea, regarding illegal exploration of maritime resources, insecurity caused by piracy, drug and arms trafficking that can endanger regional stability.

Regarding the above mentioned, the two agreed on the need for an additional involvement of the two countries in the strengthening of the role of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, as a contribution to reinforcement of peace, security and sustainable development.

The two heads of State renewed their trust in the United Nations and appealed to the Security Council to maintain its leading role in the maintenance of international peace and security.

They also appealed to the Security Council to reinforce its support for the African Union Mission and the transitional Government in Somalia, for the restoring of order and tranquillity in that country.

They also expressed concern at the devastating effects of the world economic crisis on the economic performance of their countries, and of Africa as a whole.

The sides also analysed the growing threat posed by the international crime and reaffirmed their determination to contribute to the international community’s effort in the fight against terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, money laundering and other transfrontier crimes.

On the other hand, the parties welcomed the hosting of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, having appealed to the international community to continue promoting friendship and solidarity through sports.

President José Eduardo dos Santos welcomed the joint Ghana-African Union celebration of the centenary of the birthday of Kwame Nkrumah and recognised the relevance of his ideals in the contemporary effort towards the continent’s noble purposes.

While in Ghana, José Eduardo dos Santos visited Kwame Nkrumah’s memorial, where he laid a wreath.