The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Angola, Georges Chikoti, made an official visit to the United States On November 18th. The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Chikoti was the second ministerial level meeting of the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue.
The two delegations reviewed the advances made in the bilateral relationship over the past year since the previous strategic dialogue in December 2014. The United States congratulated Angola on the progress made over its 40 years of independence.
The United States and Angola reaffirmed their pledge to work together on the UN Security Council to address critical global and regional issues. The two countries also committed to working together to find a peaceful resolution to the crises in Burundi, DRC, and South Sudan.
Both the United States and Angola recognized the importance of intensifying and diversifying the bilateral trade and investment cooperation while upholding international commitments and standards.
Angola and the United States agreed to build on the progress made during the International Maritime Security Conference by strengthening collaboration in the area of maritime security, particularly in the development and elaboration of a national maritime strategy. Angola reaffirmed its commitment to work with the United States to combat money-laundering and terrorism financing.
Angola and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to support the further development of democratic institutions and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, assembly, press, and religion.
The United States and Angola expressed their satisfaction with the first bilateral Human Rights Dialogue which was held in November 2015 as a positive advancement in mutually addressing issues of concern. Angola reaffirmed its interest to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Voluntary Principles and underlined its ongoing review of the agreements. The United States congratulated Angola on its successful Kimberley Process Chairmanship, particularly the accomplishment of expanding the Kimberly Process dialogue to include discussions on the Voluntary Principles and anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing.
The United States is proud to continue working with its partner Angola for the security, prosperity, and happiness of its peoples, the African region, and the world.