BELGIUM TO STRENGTHEN CO-OPERATION WITH ANGOLA IN DIAMOND, DEFENCE, TRANSPORTATION

LUANDA– Belgium will strengthen co-operation with Angola in the diamond, defence and transportations sectors, says its Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders.

Reynders, who concluded an overnight visit to Angola Tuesday after being received by President JoAPound o Lourenco here, told journalists that Belgium would step up investments in Angola from 2019 with the re-launch of the Angola-Belgium Joint Commission.

Noting the reforms being carried out by the Angolan government, he said Belgium intended to help the Angolan authorities in the marketing, control, management and production of diamonds. Antwerp in Belgium is widely recognized as the diamond centre of the world.

Reynders said Antwerp had developed a new technique for the control of pure and synthetic diamonds and intends to monitor good management and transparency in the diamond trade worldwide.

Another issue in his discussions during the audience with the President was the current situation in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, at a time when Belgium is preparing to take its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from January 2019.

In Burundi, a country in the African Great Lakes Region, the situation is worrying because of a worsening humanitarian crisis, while the DRC is holding elections in December. The Belgian Government wishes to help these countries achieve peace.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK