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15/09/2011: US president stresses importance of Angola's 2012 election

US president stresses importance of Angola's 2012 election

Washington - United States president, Barack Obama, highlighted the importance of Angola to hold election in 2012 as the basis for a bright and prosperous future.

The US president's statement is expressed in a reply to the message presented by the new Angolan ambassador to America, Alberto do Carmo Bento Ribeiro, during the ceremony of  his accreditation recently.

Barack Obama acknowledged the importance of Angola’s leadership role in Africa and congratulated president José Eduardo dos Santos on his election as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The country's 2012 presidential and parliamentary election will be an important milestone, said..

 Angola is blessed for its vast natural resources, but its people are its major wealth, he said, adding that the United States believes that democracy is the key to explore the wealth and ensure a bright and prosperous future for all Angolan citizens.

 The US president said he was hopeful that his country could cooperate with Angola in the consolidation of its democracy, help improve the people’s living standards and reach the full potential as a democratic, prosperous and peaceful nation.

 He also recalled that during her first visit to Africa, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, had paid a historic visit to Angola, during which the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding that officially establishes a strategic partnership based on dialogue, reciprocal principle of respect, equality and benefits.

He said he received with satisfaction the information about the warm welcome extended to the US delegation of the Department of Energy by the Angolan authorities in August in Luanda. According to the president, he also learned of positive and substantive meetings and talks held in Luanda on the occasion.

 Barack Obama expressed the wish that the dialogue between the two countries continue.

 He also announced that the United States is considering to increase trade and investment in Angola, as American companies are already investing heavily in the country as the third partner in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 Speaking to the Angolan ambassador, Barack Obama said that his appointment to Washington happens at a crucial moment in the bilateral relations.

 Over the last decade, Angola is not only recovering from the civil war, but has managed to develop an economy which is currently placed among the fastest growing in Africa, emphasised Barack Obama.

He said he was greatly pleased to accept the diplomat’s credentials as Angola’s extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador and acknowledged reception of the letter of relief of the predecessor, Josefina Pitra Diakite, who exceptionally represented the country to the United States.

Barack Obama pledged to cooperate with Angolan ambassador to improve the cooperation to a mutual interest and strengthening of friendship and partnership between the two countries.