On July 8, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Angolan Minister of External Relations Asuncao Afonso dos Anjos signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue.
During the signing, Secretary Clinton said, “This Dialogue represents a new chapter in the relationship between Angola and the United States and reflects the many ties that already connect our nations…We will work together based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility. And we will expand and strengthen our relationship…”
Secretary Clinton and Minister dos Anjos agreed to establish the Strategic Dialogue during the Secretary's visit to Angola last August. Since then, working groups have met to discuss oil, gas, and renewable energy and security cooperation. In April 2010, the United States and Angola also signed an air services arrangement, paving the way for increased commerce and air travel between the two countries. And earlier this summer, the first meeting of the U.S.-Angola Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council was held in Angola to discuss ways to expand trade.
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