U.S. and Angola Hold Strategic Partnership Dialogue Meetings

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 12, 2009

The United States and Angola will inaugurate consultative meetings under a new Strategic Partnership Dialogue on Monday, November 16 at the Department of State in Washington, DC.

During Secretary Clinton’s visit to Angola on August 9-10, 2009, she and Angolan Foreign Minister dos Anjos agreed to jointly create a new mechanism for bilateral cooperation between the United States and Angola. The resulting Strategic Partnership Dialogue will consist of regular bilateral working group meetings to discuss issues of mutual concern.

The two working groups on November 16 will be the first within the Strategic Partnership Dialogue. The first group, Security Cooperation, will be chaired for the U.S. by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Donald Yamamoto from the Bureau of African Affairs. The second group will address Energy Cooperation and will be chaired by Coordinator for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn. It will also include a dialogue with representatives from the private sector.

On November 17, the Angolan embassy and the Woodrow Wilson Center will host a “U.S.-Angola Day” conference at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center to discuss a variety of issues including agriculture, energy, and infrastructure. Several U.S. officials will also speak at this conference, including Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, Acting USAID Assistant Administrator Earl Gast, Coordinator for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn, and other officials from the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, and USAID.

For more information on the conference, contact Justine Lindemann at 202-691-4355 or Justine.Lindemann@wilsoncenter.org.

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PRN: 2009/1134