Friday 20 April 2018

Angola/Namibia - Defence Minister At 19th Joint Commission Session

Angola/Namibia - Defence Minister At 19th Joint Commission Session
(Angola Press(En) 10/15/15)

The National Defence minister, João Lourenço, left Luanda on Wednesday for Swakpomund, Namibia, to attend the 19th Joint Defence and Security Commission Meeting going until Thursday in that locality.

Speaking to journalists at Luanda "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport, João Lourenço said the meeting will tackle matters of interest to both countries, and assess the implementation of the recommendations from the previous session.

The combat of cross-border crime will also be discussed, the minister said, adding that the two countries are faced with common problems as "threats are global and solutions should also be global."

He considered good the state of relations between the two countries in the defence and security domain.

"Namibia does not feel threatened by dangers coming from Angola and vice-versa ... but, together, we need to take some measures related to piracy and terrorism threat in any of our countries," said the minister.

Commenting on the resolutions from the Luanda meeting, the minister added they are being dealt with in a positive way, as the common borders are safe and the relations between the two countries area positive.

According to João Lourenço, the parties will also discuss matters related to measures to discourage car and cattle theft, documents forgery and other crimes that have an impact on the common border.

Meanwhile, an Angolan delegation, headed by the secretary of State for National Defence, is attending an experts meeting in Swakpomund since Monday.

Accompanying the minister in the mission are high ranking officers of the Angola Armed Forces (FAA), National Police and Foreign Affairs officials.

Angola and Namibia share a border of 1.100 kilometres and enjoy cooperation in agriculture, transport, fisheries, health, energy and water, geology and mining, tourism, education, culture, sports and defence and security.

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