Angolan foreign minister said relations with the United States of America “are excellent” with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to a statement published Tuesday by the Angolan ministry.
Manuel Augusto was in Washington on Monday, where he was received at the State Department by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Assistant Secretary for Africa Tibor Nagy.
“The Angolan Foreign Minister, Manuel Domingos Augusto, assured that the diplomatic political relations and bilateral cooperation in the various fields between Angola and the United States are excellent,” reads the document.
In the same note, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States of America welcomes the reforms it considers bold that President Joao Lourenco has been undertaking since taking office in September 2017.”
After the Washington meeting, US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Mike Pompeo “reaffirmed the strength of the US-Angola strategic partnership and welcomed President João Lourenço’s bold reforms.” The US spokeswoman also said the two political leaders discussed ways to “increase bilateral trade, investment and the strengthening of democratic institutions.”
The Angolan ministry said Manuel Augusto had invited US investors to participate in the privatization process that will begin in the country.
After the meetings, Manuel Augusto highlighted at a conference at the headquarters of the Atlantic Council reflection group, which gave the US Secretary of State the “good news” of the Privatization Program (ProPriv), which comprises 195 companies that will be opened to the private equity by 2022 and “represents a huge opportunity for American companies.”
According to the Angolan minister, US direct investment in oil companies “is highly desirable and is an objective of Angola’s sustainable development strategy.”
At the same conference, United States Assistant Secretary for Relations with Africa, Matthew Harrington, said that Angola and the US are “at the turning point of a very different relationship from the past.”
According to Matthew Harrington, the United States sees Angola as having great potential for lasting economic partnership with the US and as a source of stability in the African region.
The US Secretary congratulated Angola for its role in several African issues, such as the peace agreement between Uganda and Rwanda, holding elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the stabilization mission in Lesotho.
Manuel Augusto also said that some areas in which Angola wants to foster more partnerships with the US are trade, finance, energy, manufacturing, security, human rights, health and justice.