Angola reaffirms support for fight against maritime piracy

The Angolan permanent representative to the Maritime Organisation (IMO), Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto, recently said in London that the Angolan Government remains committed to the prevention and suppression of piracy and other illegal maritime activities in the Gulf of Guinea.

Miguel Neto who is also the ambassador of Angola to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was speaking at the opening of the 94th session of the Maritime Safety Committee, held in London, having reaffirmed the position of the Angolan Government on the fight against maritime piracy.

For the Angolan diplomat, the acts of piracy and armed robbery, as well as trafficking of arms, drugs or human beings, are a genuine threat to security in the Gulf of Guinea.

In the name of the Angolan Government, the diplomat applauded the efforts of all countries in the region, for the Gulf of Guinea to give a due response to the current threats to maritime security in the region.

The occasion was used by the Angola official to announce a contribution of Usd 100,000 to the West Africa Maritime Security Trust Fund.

Finally, Angola thanked all the countries in the world that have contributed to the IMO Fund, with a stress to China, Nigeria, Japan, UK, Norway and Brazil. 

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