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11/09/2011: Angolan ambassador received by the US President

Angolan ambassador received by the US President

Washington – The Angolan extraordinary and  plenipotentiary ambassador to the United States of America, Alberto do Carmo Bento Ribeiro, was received in audience at the White House by president Barack Obama, to present officially his credentials.

During the ceremony, the Angolan diplomat spoke about the benefits of peace and national reconciliation in progress in the country and the building up of institutions’ capacity aiming at improving the human rights situation, reduction of poverty and fight against corruption.

The Angolan ambassador highlighted the progress achieved in the context of the bilateral cooperation between both nations, emphasizing the signature in 2010 of the memorandum for the strategic partnership dialogue as an important instrument for diplomacy to strengthen the existing good relations between the two countries.

On the occasion, Barack Obama said that the Angolan diplomat has been appointed at a very crucial moment of the bilateral relations between both nations. "In the course of this last decade, Angola not only recovered from the wounds caused by the civil war, but also developed an economy that ranks as one of strongest on the continent.

On the occasion, Barack Obama congratulated his Angolan counterpart, José Eduardo dos Santos, for the acendancy to the Head of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).