Press Release

10/05/2017: ANGOLA AND THE US STRENGTHEN COOPERATION IN THE DEFENSE SECTOR

ANGOLA AND THE US STRENGTHEN COOPERATION IN THE DEFENSE SECTOR

Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: May 10, 2017

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Angola and the US strengthen cooperation in the Defense sector

First Official visit of Minister of Defense for Angolan Armed Forces

Sites:

1-Signing of MOU in Pentagon with US Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis

2-Visit to Arlington National Cemetery to lay wreath at

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier;

WHO & WHAT: His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves

Lourenço, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Angola, will undertake his official visit to the US from 16-18 May, 2017. In this context, João Lourenço will be received by his US counterpart, Secretary of Defense, James Mattis at the Pentagon.

PURPOSE OF THE VISIT: Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding which officializes the existing cooperation between the two countries in the Defense sector.

Angola and the US have cooperated in the defense sector in the field of training, English language teaching and support in the military health sector to fight HIV/AIDS. The American administration is very interested in deepening the cooperation in the technical-military area, namely the accomplishment of joint exercises.

The Republic of Angola, a military power in the Southern and Central Africa is responsible for resolving conflicts in the region, in particular in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Angola ended its mandate as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in December 2016, a position assumed for the second time in recent years.

Minister João Lourenço will visit the Arlington National Cemetery where he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of his official visit to the United States, Wednesday, May 17.

João Lourenço is the presidential candidate of the MPLA, rulling party, for Angola General Elections to be hold in August 23, 2017.

For additional details, media may contact the Press Office of the Angolan Embassy to the U.S., (202) 785 1156.