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Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Angola's FM

Angola's Foreign Minister Tete Antonio, right, meets with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the State Department in Washington.   -  
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed his Angolan counterpart to the State Department on Thursday.

"We have between the United States and Angola a strong bilateral relationship, but also a growing partnership on interests of interests that are mutual concern trade, health, climate, governance," said Blinken.

"There have been some important new investments by Africell and Sun Africa in Angola that are producing real results. And we look forward to future collaborations on security and transparency."

Angolan Foreign Minister Tete António said the timing of the meeting was "perfect," as it coincides with the two countries celebrating "29 years of diplomatic relationships."

In the meantime, U.S. Africa Command Commander concluded his visit to Angola

U. S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander, of U.S. Africa Command, concluded a two-day visit to Angola to meet with Angolan President João Lourenço and other senior government officials on May 18.

U. S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U. S. Africa Command, concluded a two-day visit to Angola to meet with Angolan President João Lourenço and other senior government officials on May 18.

“I came to Angola for the purpose of strengthening military cooperation between our two nations. In Luanda, I found a willing partner,” said Townsend. “Our relationship with the Armed Forces of Angola is still maturing but our conversations have sharpened our focus on our mutual security concerns. U.S. AFRICOM looks forward to working with the Angolan military to develop sustainable solutions in areas like maritime security, peace-keeping operations, special operations training and the integration of simulations and more."

During his meeting with President Lourenço, Townsend, who was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Angola, Tulinabo Mushingi and U.S. Africa Command’s Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, discussed how Angola and the U.S. could partner together on shared issues including maritime security, terrorism, military professionalism, and the integration of peacekeeping capabilities.

The U.S. representatives also met with senior leaders from the Angolan Ministry of Defense and Ministry of State where they discussed global and regional security cooperation with their counterparts.

“Meeting senior officials from partner nations is critical to developing our relationships,” said Thresher. “Understanding their priorities and development issues -- especially as it relates to the development of a professional senior non-commissioned officer corps, will help us understand where to best focus our partnerships efforts.

This was Townsend’s first visit to Angola.

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