Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 21, 2009

Date: 05/21/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton with Angolan Minister of External Affairs dos Anjos on May 21, 2009. State Dept Photo
I am very pleased to welcome the foreign minister of Angola. We are impressed by the progress that Angola has made, and we look forward to a very close and deep coordination and working relationship that will enable both of our countries to have a greater understanding and a commitment to a better future.

MINISTER DOS ANJOS: I apologize, I am speaking Portuguese, because my English is bad, bad, bad. Sorry. (Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Don’t worry about it.

MINISTER DOS ANJOS: (Via interpreter) It’s a great, great honor for me to be here in the United States and to bring a message, a message of peace and a message of willingness to cooperate, to deepen our relations, to be here and ask for help from the United States to bring to Angola, help that the United States can bring to Angola because of the experience that the United States has to help Angola in its development for the future.

And we come here at this precise moment as a result of the exchange of letters between our presidents, President Obama and President Dos Santos, and their exchange of willingness to strengthen our overall relations and our relations in every sector that brings our countries together.

And we come here to meet with U.S. Government officials, with American public opinion, and also to bring information to all the parties, information about aliquid novo, aliquid novo being a new Angola, a more tolerant Angola, democratic Angola, a participating Angola, Angola who wants to be part of the African continent to help solve problems in Africa, to be a partner with other countries, to be prosperous and to grow. And therefore, to reach this goal, we are now going to work with the Secretary of State.

And therefore, the reason is that the American people, side by side with the Angolan people, will work together for the reconstruction of Angola. This is the moment to do it because the American people – the experience that it has accumulated and the ability, the capacity, the skills that we find in this country, will be of great help for the Angolan people to put together what’s necessary to, as our own president say, make living in Angola a pleasant experience, a fulfilling experience.

(In English) Thank you very, very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, sir. Thank you very much.

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PRN: 2009/492