Angola, U.S. to sign MOU in military sector
20:19, November 18, 2008
Angola and the United States are analyzing the possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding in the military sector, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.
Visiting Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces for Europe and Africa Adm. Mark Fitzgerald was quoted as saying that a military accord will be reached some time in 2009.
After meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Assuncao dos Anjos on Monday, the U.S. naval officer said both sides are discussing the date for signing the accord.
He added that the two sides can cooperate in many areas, citing hat the United States can assist Angola with maritime monitoring systems which, he said, will improve Angola's security in the sea.
Fitzgerald also stated that the United States would like to continue with visits of U.S. Naval Forces ships to Angola in an effort to help Angola protect its exclusive fishing and oil production zones through the creation of a common operation ground.
The U.S. naval officer announced that the U.S. Navy assistance to the sector of health, English language training and other sectors will continue.
The U.S. officer who arrived in Angola on Sunday has met with Angola's Deputy Minister of Defense Gaspar Rufino and Chief of Staff of Angola Armed Forces Francisco Pereira Furtado, discussing atters of common interests.