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Southern Africa and EU to discuss peace and security issues

Luanda, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Angola will host tomorrow a new session of the Ministerial Political Dialogue between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU), to discuss peace and security issues, the Foreign Ministry informed.

SADC will be represented at the meeting by the Executive Secretariat of the organization and the member states of the dual troika: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, while the European External Action Service (EEAS) will be the counterpart for the EU.

Issues such as human and sustainable development, climate change, environment, trade and investment will also be on the agenda of the meeting.

According to the Angolan Foreign Ministry, the dialogue session is expected to serve as a platform to strengthen relations between the two regional blocs, as well as to promote cooperation in the areas of peace and security, trade, and policies, with a view to sustainable economic growth.

The meeting will also review progress made in the implementation of SADC-EU cooperation, and the investment and programming package of the Africa-Europe Global Gateway.

It will also address global, continental, and regional issues affecting not only the peace and security situation in the region but also development and cooperation.

The last session of the SADC-EU Ministerial Political Dialogue was held virtually on June 16, 2021, and Angola is hosting the new meeting in its capacity as Chair-in-Office of the Community.