Cooperation in the military, naval and education sectors between the Republics of Angola and Korea gained momentum on 31 March with the signing in Luanda of a memorandum of understanding by delegations of the two countries.
The document signed for Angola by the State Secretary for Defense Policy, Gaspar Santos Rufino and for South Korea by the Vice Minister of Defense Minister, In Moo Hwang, also includes the exchange of official visits.
Speaking at the opening of the official talks, Gaspar Rufino highlighted South Korea’s technological capability and experience in the military and defense industry. He called for the deepening and the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries. He said that there is interest from South Korea in supporting Angola, if requested, in other branches of the Angolan Armed Forces, such as the Army and the Air Force.
South Korea’s Vice Defense Minister In Moo Hwang stressed the “good climate” of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, since 1995, when South Korea contributed peacekeeping troops to Angola. He anticipates that in the African context, Angola will establish itself as a great country. “It is in peace and has economic potential.” In Moo Hwang defended the development of friendship and cooperation ties with reciprocal advantages.
South Korea’s main investments in Angola are farm projects in Lucala, Cuanza Norte province, cotton farming in Sumbe, Cuanza Sul province and the Defense and Police Security Strengthening project.