Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Angola: Cooperation Tops Visit of Defence Minister to China

Issues related to strengthening of bilateral cooperation in defence sector between Angola and China were analysed during the visit paid by Angolan Defence minister, Cândido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem, to the Asian country on July 18-27.

The main point of this visit was the official talks both Angolan and Chinese delegations had, led by minister Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, for Angola, and his Chinese counterpart, Liang Guanglie.

Speaking in the beginning of the conversations, Angolan government official stressed the importance of friendship and cooperation between both countries, mentioning that these relations are traditional and date back from the independence struggle against Portuguese colonialism.

In the military sector, the official said that the cooperation is characterized fundamentally by exchange of delegations between defence and armed forces of both countries and the sending to Angola o Chinese companies specialised in manufacturing and trading of armament and military equipment.

The same cooperation, said the minister, is also focused on supplying, for free, military materials to Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and training Angolan soldiers in diverse Chinese military training centres.

Angolan Defence minister, Cândido Van-Dúnem spoke also about political-military, economic and social situation prevailing in Angola.

During his stay there, the minister paid a visit to some Chinese Armed Forces institutions, as well as many companies under the Chinese Defence Ministry, among them, will be selected to participate in the rebuilding process and construction of military infrastructures of the Angolan Armed Forces.

Source: Angola Press (30/07/2010)

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