PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Minister for Foreign Affairs George W. Vella co-chairs EU-Angola Ministerial Joint Way Forward in Brussels

The third EU-Angola Ministerial Meeting was held under the co-chairing of Minister for Foreign Affairs George W. Vella, on behalf of High Representative Federica Mogherini, and Minister of Planning and Territorial Development Job Graca who co-chaired on the Angolan side. Several ministers and state secretaries from Angola were also present. European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella participated in the discussion on maritime security.

The Joint Way Forward was signed in 2012 and reflects the will on both sides to develop a partnership that aims at promoting relations to a higher level by an intensive political and policy dialogue that addresses an array of global issues and which goes beyond development and assistance.

The Ministerial Meeting gave new impetus to the comprehensive EU-Angola dialogue process, also taking into account new economic circumstances in the country, and recent political developments. The regional situation concerning the Great Lakes region and the Central African Republic was discussed in great detail, also in light of the fact that Angola presently holds the Presidency of the International Conference of the Great Lakes region. Exchanges between the two sides were also held on human rights and migration.

A Joint Communique was agreed and adopted at the end of the meeting, which also sets out follow up action. An agreement between the National Meteorology and Geophysics Institute (INAMET) and the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre was also signed during this meeting.

Source: Government of Malta