LUANDA– The promotion of peace and security in Africa are priorities for Angola, whose government has been developing political and diplomatic efforts in the creation of solid foundations for sustainable development, says Minister of National Defence Salviano de Jesus Sequeira.

Addressing the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Angola-Namibia Security and Defence Joint Commission in Lubango City in southern Huila Province on Wednesday, he highlighted that Angola had been following very closely and realistically the political phenomena in different countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) sub-region, particularly in Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe, while co-operating with the efforts of the international community in these countries.

He stressed the need to safeguard the independence and security of African countries, taking into account the risks and threats relating to terrorism and piracy which constitute real concerns for the international community.

He also stressed the need for joint work, including the boosting of information exchange, with a view to tackling situations like contraband smuggling, illegal immigration, human and drugs trafficking, poaching, livestock rustling and vehicle theft, among other challenges.

Namibian Defence Minister Penda Ya Ndacolo, stressed that his country appreciated the existing co-operation between the two countries’ defence and security forces, adding that Namibia would continue to participate in joint military and humanitarian actions, among other bilateral exercises.

The 20th Meeting of the Angola/Namibia Security and Defence Joint Commission is debating issues like human and drug trafficking, theft of cattle and cars, among others.