Angola marks today the 41st anniversary of its admission as a full member of the United Nations.
According to a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the admission of Angola as a member of the UN on December 1, 1976, was based on the resolution 397/76.
The press release notes that “for being a valid interlocutor, Angola has already been twice at the UN Security Council, as a non-permanent member (2003 – 2004 and 2015 – 2016)”. During its second mandate (2015 – 2016), Angola assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in March 2016.
Angola’s admission as the 146th UN member state enabled the then first Deputy Prime Minister, José Eduardo dos Santos, to address the UN General Assembly in New York.
In this capacity, José Eduardo dos Santos, delivered a speech highlighting the situation at the then People’s Republic of Angola, national reconstruction, solidarity with oppressed peoples and appealed for the need for equal treatment in the international context.