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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:32 - Updated Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:32

USA pledges help in recovering money withdrawn from Angola

Luanda - US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on Monday reaffirmed the readiness of the United States to help Angola in the process of repatriating capital illegally transferred abroad.

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Secretário de Estado Adjunto dos EUA, John Sullivan

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

President of Republic, João Lourenço (right) welcomes in audience US Assistant State Secretary, John Sullivan

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

Speaking to journalists after a meeting with the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, John Sullivan said that the materialization of this intention depends on the signing of an agreement in the field of justice.

In Angola since last Saturday, the diplomat stressed that the agreement will be aligned with the anti-corruption strategy, one of the main "flags" of the mandate of President João Lourenço.

"It is premature to say what will be done," underscored the assistant secretary of state, noting that the Justice Department "will work to help Angola in this effort."

Regarding the meeting with the Angolan Head of State, he said that he focused on deepening economic relations, including the existing strategic partnership.

Angola and the United States have a strategic partnership in areas such as education, health, security and trade.

Trade between the two countries reached USD 3.4 billion at the end of 2017, with Angola exporting products valued at USD 2.6 billion and the United States about USD 800 million.

Prior to Angola, the US official was in South Africa where he discussed with the local authorities the promotion of trade, US investments, as well as issues related to peace and security.

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