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27/09/2011: US reiterates interest to strengthen bilateral relations

US reiterates interest to strengthen bilateral relations

Luanda – The US ambassador to Angola, Christopher McMullen, reiterated in Luanda his country interest in strengthening strategic relations with Angola, including in military sector with the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA).

The diplomat stressed this desire while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Workshop of SADC Technical Military Sub-Committee on HIV/AIDS, being held in Angola city capital until Thursday, September, 29.

McMullen said that Angola and USA have a strategic partnership, aiming at reinforcing bilateral relations between both nations, in different development areas. Emphsized that the partnership covers many cooperation areas, including share between two armed forces, underlining that the support US provided to organize the workshop shows the importance and the partnership value around SADC.

 “Working together with SADC, we can make effort to guarantee a great participation in the areas of education, training and HIV/AIDS testing and treatment access. If this effort is well arranged, we will start reducing incidence and Aids prevalence among the Armed Forces officials”, said the diplomat.

 The official said that the US Defense Department is doing its best to assist militaries through the financial support of the Emergence Presidential Plan for combating HIV/Aids, being implemented in 34 African countries.

 Speaking about the workshop, the ambassador considered as a good basis of sharing among SADC delegates, aiming at constructing a solid way and participative of the policy and strategy to reduce sickness within the regional Armed Forces.

 The ceremony, opened by the Angolan Defense minister, Cândido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem, was attended by the ministers of Women Promotion and Family, Genoveva Lino, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Cândida Teixeira, the regional director for Africa of the World Health Organization (WHO), Luís Gomes Sambo, Chairperson of the Medical Order, Carlos Pinto Sousa.