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Pres "apprehensive" about conflicts in the world calls again for ceasefire in Ukraine

The President of the Republic expressed his "apprehension" about the course of conflicts in the world and again considered the invasion of Ukraine as the greatest threat to peace and security in Europe, again calling for a ceasefire.


João Lourenço was speaking this Wednesday night, in Rome, at a dinner hosted by his Italian counterpart, Sérgio Matarella.

The head of state highlighted the "encouraging prospects" for the near future of relations between Angola and Italy, with a set of legal instruments having been signed that reinforce bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

He noted, on the other hand, that "there can only be economic and social development of countries in an environment of peace and security".

"For this reason, we take this opportunity to express our great apprehension with the course of conflicts in the world, which urgently need to be resolved, as they threaten the lives of peoples and the economies of countries and regions of our planet", he exhorted.

João Lourenço pointed out, namely, the instability in Africa, created by terrorism and coups d'état in the countries of the Sahel region, conflicts such as those in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that "has not contributed to the international community's efforts to make the Middle East a zone of peace and security".

He also said that the situation on the Korean peninsula deserves attention due to the nuclear threat it poses, while Russia's invasion and occupation of part of Ukraine's territory "should be condemned and discouraged".

"It is urgent to reach an immediate ceasefire and start talks that will bring lasting peace and the guarantee that this tragedy will never happen again on European soil", he stressed.

João Lourenço, who ends his two-day official visit to Italy this Thursday, was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, awarding the Italian President the Agostinho Neto Order, and recalled that Italy was the first European country to recognize, in February 1976, Angola as a sovereign state.

"We came to Italy with the purpose of deepening the bonds of friendship and cooperation that already exist between our countries, reaffirming the desire to see more and more Italian private investment in Angola and Angolan in Italy", said the Chief Executive, stressing that "the business environment in Angola is very favorable to foreign private investment".


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