Foreign relations of Angola

The foreign relations of Angola are based on Angola's strong support of U.S. foreign policy as the Angolan economy is dependent on U.S. foreign aid.

From 1975 to 1989, Angola was aligned with the Eastern bloc, in particular the Soviet Union, Libya, and Cuba. Since then, it has focused on improving relationships with Western countries, cultivating links with other Portuguese-speaking countries, and asserting its own national interests in Central Africa through military and diplomatic intervention. In 1993, it established formal diplomatic relations with the United States. It has entered the Southern African Development Community as a vehicle for improving ties with its largely Anglophone neighbors to the south. Zimbabwe and Namibia joined Angola in its military intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Angolan troops remain in support of the Joseph Kabila government. It also has intervened in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) to support the existing government in that country.

Since 1998, Angola has successfully worked with the UN Security Council to impose and carry out sanctions on UNITA. More recently, it has extended those efforts to controls on conflict diamonds, the primary source of revenue for UNITA. At the same time, Angola has promoted the revival of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) as a forum for cultural exchange and expanding ties with Portugal (its former ruler) and Brazil (which shares many cultural affinities with Angola) in particular.

Angola-China relations

Angola established relations with the People's Republic of China in 1983. [http://jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=415&issue_id=3918&article_id=2371629 China in Angola: An emerging energy partnership] , November 8, 2006. The Jamestown Foundation.]

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao visited Angola in June 2006, offering a US$9 billion loan for infrastructure improvements in return for petroleum. The PRC has invested heavily in Angola since the end of the civil war in 2002.cite web|author=|year=2007|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/5080626.stm|title=Angola: China's African foothold|format=HTML|publisher=BBC News|accessdate=2007-11-19|accessyear=2007] João Manuel Bernardo, the current ambassador of Angola to China, visited the PRC in November 2007.cite web|author=|year=2007|url=http://allafrica.com/stories/200711150442.html|title=Angola: Ambassador Considers Relations With China Excellent|format=HTML|publisher=Angola Press Agency via AllAfrica|accessdate=2007-11-19|accessyear=2007]

Angola-Israel relations

Angola-Israel relations, primarily based on trade and pro-United States foreign policies, are excellent. In March 2006, the trade volume between the two countries amounted to $400 million. The Israeli ambassador to Angola is Avraham Benjamin. [1] In 2005, President José Eduardo dos Santos visited Israel.

Angola-United States relations

Relations between the United States of America and the Republic of Angola (formerly the People's Republic of Angola) have warmed since Angola's ideological renunciation of Marxism before the 1992 elections.

ee also

*Angola-Israel relations
*Diplomatic missions of Angola
*List of diplomatic missions in Angola

References

*factbook
*StateDept


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