New ambassadors must defend country’s interests – Head of State

The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, this Friday in Luanda recommended the new ambassadors to defend Angola´s interests, above all, in attracting foreign investment and tourists to the country.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of six (6) new ambassadors, João Lourenço, defended the need to safeguard the name and interests of Angola abroad in the political, commercial, tourist, cultural and economic areas.

“By investing in you, we believe that you are the right cadres to be able to fulfil this role”, expressed the Head of State, who, on the occasion, wished success to those who took office.

Agostinho de Carvalho dos Santos Van Dúnem (ambassador to the United States of America), Albino Malungo, for Zambia, Alcino dos Prazeres Izata Francisco da Conceição (Kingdom of Norway), Emílio Miguel de Carvalho Sobrinho (Serbia), Rui Orlando Ferreira de Ceita da Silva Xavier (South Africa) and Teodolinda Rosa Rodrigues Coelho (Japan), Rui Orlando Ferreira de Ceita da Silva Xavier, (South Africa) and Teodolinda Rosa Rodrigues Coelho, to the Empire of Japan, took office.

The ceremony, held in the Main Hall of the Presidential Palace, was witnessed by the Vice President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa and members of the government.

Reinforcement of cooperation

In their first statements to the press after taking office, the newly appointed ambassadors to the United States, Agostinho Van-Dúnem, and in South Africa, Rui Xavier, expressed their intention to strive for strengthening cooperation in the various sectors.

“We are going to continue the work in progress, seeking to strengthen bilateral cooperation and also identifying new areas with the US authorities”, added Agostinho Van-Dúnem.

Rui Xavier, ambassador to South Africa, highlighted the importance of cooperation with this country in the context of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and, in general, at an international level.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)