FACT SHEET: The U.S. – Angola Partnership

As the United States and Angola mark 30 years of diplomatic relations, our bilateral relationship is deepening with regular senior-level engagements and increasing cooperation on key shared objectives. Angola is a strategic partner and regional leader, and the U.S.-Angola partnership is critical to advancing our shared goals of economic prosperity, regional security, and increasing energy security in Africa and the Atlantic. High Level Engagements Since the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the United States has engaged in frequent and substantive high-level engagements with Angola. Highlights in the past year alone include: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin became the first-ever U.S. Secretary of Defense to visit Angola in September 2023, engaging on military modernization and regional security. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) CEO Scott Nathan, and Deputy Assistant to the President Amos Hochstein, engaged Angolan leadership in September 2023 on food security and the transformational potential of Angola’s Lobito Corridor, part of President Biden’s flagship Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGI). U.S. Export Import Bank (EXIM) Chair Reta Jo Lewis visited Angola after the EXIM Board’s approval of $900 million in financing for Sun Africa’s solar energy project. In October, EXIM declared the Sun Africa program its “Deal of the Year” for 2023. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed Angolan Foreign Minster Tete Antonio to join the launch of the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation, in which Angola has played a leading and constructive role. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg welcomed Angola Minister of Transport D’Abreu to Washington, D.C in April 2023 to initial a bilateral Open Skies Agreement, facilitating increased air connectivity between the United States and Angola, providing significant new opportunities for trade, tourism, and investment. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves […]

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