FM LEADS ANGOLAN DELEGATION TO SADC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING IN TANZANIA

LUANDA, The political and security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in the Kingdom of Lesotho were among matters discussed at the meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, this week.

Angola was represented at the meeting by a delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Georges Chikoti. Alsi in the delegation are Secretary of State for Defence Gaspar Rufino, Secretary of State for Home Affairs (Interior), Angolan Armed Forces (FAA)'s Assistant Chief-of-Staff General Jose Higino de Sousa, and the Deputy National Police Commander, Chief Commissioner Paulo de Almeida.

The two-day meeting, which ended Thursday, also discussed a request by Burundi and the Comoros to join the SADC, as well as the possible institutionalisation of March 23 as a holiday in member countries to mark the end of the renowned Battle of Cuito Cuanavale (1988) which led to the independence of Namibia and the freeing of Nelson Mandela, thus also causing the fall of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Luanda will host the next summit of the ministers after it takes over the chair of SADC Organ of Politics, Defence and Security in August.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK