Angola plays leading role at African Union

Luanda – Angola has increasingly playing a leading role at the African Union (AU), with fresh highlight the election of the Angolan Josefa Sacko to the post of Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.

The event took place during the 28th Summit of the Head of State and Government of the continent’s organisation held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said a press release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The document comes in the light of the 41st anniversary since Angola joined, as full member, the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU), today the African Union (AU) celebrated on February 12.

The note described Angola’s role at the AU as cross-cutting in all areas.

As example, the sources, referred to the fact of the country to chairs at the sane time the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and / or (this week) take over the Vice-presidency of the African group at Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

It said that Angola started with these achievements in 1976, with then Foreign Affaires Minister, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the current head of State.

In that period the country began to tread the paths toward a diplomatic campaign at a time the territory was under threat by the invading armies from Zaire (today DRC) and South Africa (apartheid era).

The document points out that this happened after independence on 11 November 1975 with the formation of the first Government of the then People’s Republic of Angola.

Thanks to the fierce diplomatic battle, led by the current president of Republic, Angola was recognised and became on February 12, 1976, the forty-sixth member of the AU. In December of the same year the country joined the United Nations”, read In the note.

In that period, some 80 countries (first Brazil) have recognised the Government of the then People’s Republic of Angola, including 40 African countries.

The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was established on 25 May 1963, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), by 32 independent African States.

Source: Angola Press News Agency