Joint communiqué on the occasion of the official visit to Angola of Minister Reynders
- At the invitation of His Excellency Manuel Domingos Augusto, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Angola, His Excellency Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, paid an official visit to the Republic of Angola, on the 10th and 11th September 2018. This visit materializes Belgium and Angola’s commitment to strengthening their strategic partnership in all areas and to maintain a close cooperation on issues of regional security.
- During his visit, His Excellency Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, was granted an audience by His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola.
- The two Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the development of the bilateral relations, marked by a traditional friendship based on mutual respect, as confirmed by the recent visit of his Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola, to Belgium.
- Accordingly, they decided to continue strengthening relations between the two countries, notably by deepening political dialogue and consolidating cooperation in areas such as agronomy, health, education, economy, justice, defence, mines and transport through reciprocal partnerships.
- Demonstrating the wish of both countries to deepen their economic relations, a conference on diamonds was organised, during the Belgian visit, by the Belgian embassy in Luanda and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), in the presence of His Excellency Diamantino Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum of the Republic of Angola.
- During their meeting, the two Ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding to hold a Joint Commission in 2019 between officials responsible for Foreign Affairs. This demonstrates both countries' commitment to significantly strengthen their relations on a political, multilateral and regional level.
- The two Ministers, having analysed the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and the Gulf of Guinea, expressed their support for the resolution of the problems and conflicts that continue to affect many countries and peoples of the African continent. They agreed to regularly discuss these issues, also in view of Belgium’s status as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2019 and 2020.
- With regard to the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular, they reiterated the importance of a truly inclusive process to bring about credible, free and transparent elections on 23 December 2018, in accordance with the New Year’s Eve agreement and the electoral calendar approved for this purpose. These are essential elements to bring about a lasting stability to the DRC.
- His Excellency Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, also discussed the situation in Europe with his Angolan counterpart, in particular the challenges to the European Union stemming from the Brexit and migration issues.
- Lastly, the two ministers agreed to continue working on international issues of common interest, such as the reform of the United Nations, the strengthening of the multilateral system, the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, as well as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty, particularly in Africa. Belgium informed Angola of its intention to seek observer status with the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).
Done in Luanda on 11 September 2018.