SECRETARY BLINKEN: Mr. President, welcome. It’s very, excellent to have you ever right here in Washington on the summit. The Secretary of Defense and I are very happy to welcome President Lourenço. The United States puts an excellent significance at the courting with Angola, a courting that has grown more potent and more potent, in particular underneath your management.

And Mr. President, we additionally very much respect the management that Angola is appearing within the area, looking to finish conflicts, to deliver peace, in particular relating to the placement within the jap Democratic Republic of Congo. Our personal partnership has grown, as I mentioned, even more potent, the business and funding ties rising ever deeper. We have state-of-the-art American firms, together with Sun Africa, operating in Angola on state-of-the-art initiatives. And of route, we are additionally deepening our safety ties.

So we are very thankful to have you ever right here in Washington for the leaders summit and additionally for this chance as of late to discuss the numerous demanding situations and alternatives that we are facing in combination.


SECRETARY AUSTIN: Well, thanks, Secretary Blinken, President Lourenço. Let me upload my voice to Secretary Blinken and his feedback in phrases of welcoming you to the United States. We’re truly happy to have you ever right here on the summit.

The Department of Defense values our rising partnership with Angola. We acknowledge that African management stays key to strengthening peace, safety, and governance around the continent and past. This is the defining problem of our time. Angola is a key chief at the continent.

And I take into account that Angola is having a look to restructure its army. We look ahead to partnering with you in this effort. We’re happy to listen to that Angola is occupied with conceivable purchases from the United States and we are operating with the Department of State to reply to your request.

We deeply respect your management and your friendship, and I look ahead to as of late’s dialogue. And once more, sir, welcome to the United States.

PRESIDENT LOURENÇO: (Via interpreter) Thank you very a lot, Secretary Antony Blinken, the Secretary of Defense General Lloyd, prominent representatives of the U.S. Government. I’m very commemorated to be right here as of late on your presence and following the invitation prolonged by way of President Biden to a bunch of African leaders, together with Angola. We will grasp this chance of our keep right here in an effort to search to reinforce additional our bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two international locations. Angola has been appearing very sure indicators that we’re very occupied with strengthening our cooperation with the U.S., so don’t doubt about our excellent intentions in regards to those very responsive step that we are taking if we’re to appear into the historical previous of {our relationships}.

So there’s a gamechanger. We might say it is vital, and that is within the pastime of the – of each events, the pastime of Angola and that of the United States of America. Angola is a rustic this is neatly situated geographically as a result of we’re phase a minimum of of 3 areas of the rustic. We are SADC member-states, the Southern African Development Community. We also are individuals of the Central African Economic Community. We also are phase of the Great Lakes area and we’re chairing the convention at the Great Lakes area for the second one time. So our joint strategic positioning is to be taken into consideration.

And additionally, if we’re to say the significance of the reforms that we’re carrying out, each financial, political reforms in an effort to draw in funding and lure international traders, particularly the U.S. traders, to put money into Angola, there are already some luck instances aside from the ones funding within the oil sector, which is conventional for many years. But there are new avid gamers which are beginning to challenge in numerous sectors comparable to telecommunications, solar power manufacturing.

We had a luck case within the middle of the rustic in Benguela Province, the place we’ve got two large energy stations which are already generating electrical energy. And there could also be a pledge of about $2 billion for Sun Africa corporate in an effort to expand a large venture that may deliver electrical energy to nearly the entire southern phase of Angola within the provinces of Namibe, Huila, Cunene, and Cuando Cubango. And, of route, the excess will probably be introduced into the nationwide energy grid and receive advantages the opposite areas of the rustic.

So U.S. traders most commonly will come to Angola to put money into all the ones fields of their pastime with none exception, now not handiest within the power sector, now not handiest in exploration of mineral assets of every kind, together with diamond and others, which can be treasured minerals, uncommon earth. In all the ones spaces, the U.S. funding is most commonly welcome. This contains additionally telecommunication, ICTs, 5G. We hope that the U.S. companies can take heed of 5G in Angola, which is essential for our construction.

We are selling 3 large duty-free zones, specifically in Cabinda subsequent to the Caio seaport that will be the largest deep water port within the Central Africa area, which will probably be in a position by way of finish 2023 or early 2024, the port itself. But across the port we’re going to expand the loose business zone, and without a doubt we rely on U.S. funding in those initiatives as neatly.