Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Angolan Foreign Minister Téte António at a Joint Press Availability

Angolan Foreign Minister Téte António Ministry of External Relations Luanda, Angola January 25, 2024 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) His Excellency Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America; His Excellency Ambassador Téte António, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola; distinguished members of both delegations; dear journalists – good afternoon, and welcome to the (inaudible) auditorium here at the headquarters of the Angolan diplomacy. Excellencies, we know that you were shortly in the presidential palace at – and meeting with His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, the President of the Republic of Angola, where surely issues of common interest were discussed; regional and international issues also were deliberated. At this auditorium we have the Angolan media resident and the U.S. correspondent who are eager to record and publish this essential visit. I therefore ask your excellencies to summarize what was discussed, the conversation just concluded, starting with His Excellency Blinken, the Secretary of State of the United States of America, and then followed by Minister Téte António, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola. SECRETARY BLINKEN: (Inaudible.) Ah, there we go. Thank you. Thank you very much. We started our trip in Cabo Verde. We were then in Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and now here in Angola. And I have to note at the outset that while we were in Cote d’Ivoire, I had an opportunity to participate in viewing one of the matches in the Cup of Nations, and of course as a diplomat, I would never take sides in this competition, but I have to note the extremely strong results thus far in the tournament of the Palancas Negras . (Laughter.) And we’ll see what happens, but they’re off to a very, very good start. Foreign Minister Téte, thank you so much […]

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