Tuesday 22 August 2017

São Tomé and Príncipe: Parliament Approves Cooperation Projects Between Angola and Sao Tome

São Tomé and Príncipe: Parliament Approves Cooperation Projects Between Angola and Sao Tome
(Angola Press(En) 04/22/16)

MPs of the National Assembly (AN) approved on Thursday at the sixth parliamentary plenary session, two draft resolutions aimed for the cooperation between Angola and Sao Tome and Principe, in the fields of security, internal order and civil protection.

This is the draft resolution approving for ratification by the Angolan President, the general security agreement, internal order and civil protection between Angola and Sao Tome and Principe, with 155 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions.

This diploma was presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, who informed that the aim is to enable cooperation in the areas of staff training, technical assistance provision, criminal intelligence, illegal sale of firearms, economic crime, drugs trafficking, terrorism and illegal immigration.

The other diploma is the draft resolution approving for ratification by the President of the Cooperation protocol between the General Command of the Angola National Police and the General Command of Sao Tome and Principe Police, additional to the General Security Agreement, Internal Order and Civil Protection, with 156 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions.

According to Georges Chikoti, the aim of this protocol is to allow the parties to cooperate in the areas of staff training, technical assistance provision, supply of equipment, cavalry, traffic, criminal intelligence, combating illegal immigration, drugs and weapons trafficking, economic and cross border crimes.

The official also stressed that Angola and the Sao Tome and Principe are sister countries and with strong ties of friendship and cooperation, whose solidarity relations, are dated back to the early days of the liberation struggle.

The VI plenary session of the National Assembly was chaired by the Parliament speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

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