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US-Angola Joint Defense Committee meets for the first time

The US-Angola Joint Defense Committee met for the first time to discuss strengthening cooperation on topics such as regional security, peace operations, cybersecurity and maritime security, the Pentagon said.

: Pentágono, Washington DC
Pentágono, Washington DC  

In a statement released on Thursday, the United States Defense Ministry said that the two-day meeting ended with the signing of a cooperation agreement “that will allow for closer logistical cooperation between the Armed Forces” of the two countries.

The document was signed by the North American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security Affairs, Tressa Guenov, and the Secretary of State for Material Resources and Infrastructure of the Angolan Ministry of Defense, Afonso Carlos Neto.

The Pentagon said that the two countries “intend to pursue a closer security relationship”, something that will be discussed again at the committee's second meeting, to be held in Luanda, in 2025.

The bilateral committee was born from a memorandum of understanding signed by Angola and the United States in 2017.

The meeting was announced last week, during a visit by Defense Minister João Ernesto dos Santos to the Pentagon, where he met with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The acquisition of a state-of-the-art machine building system, the acquisition of transport and logistics vehicles, a bridge system, a fleet of light tactical vehicles and the acquisition of aircraft are also among the Angolan Government's intentions.

President João Lourenço previously expressed his intention to reinforce the country's defense sector with North American equipment.


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