LUANDA, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Senior officers of Angolan and Zambian Armed Forces, National Police and State security have gathered in Luanda since Monday to seek ways to tackle transnational crimes.
Three committees of experts from both countries are discussing public, defense and State Security issues, being Tuesday's meeting reserved for discussions towards ministerial issues.
Angola and Zambia Chief of Staff of Armed Forces, General Antonio Egidio de Sousa e Santos and General William Sikazwe, lead works of the defense committee.
Angola's Secretary of State for National Defense Policy, Jose Maria de Lima, said the cooperation and exchange of experience between the two countries in combat against transnational crimes represents an added value, which will enable the two nations to neutralize phenomena that could eventually create nuisance for both peoples.
"States can only become stronger if they combat organized crime networks in cross-border spaces and a combination of efforts, permanent consultation and mutual respect decisively contributes to safeguard democratic values and consolidation of sovereign nations in behalf of Angolan and Zambian people," said Jose Lima.
In his turn, Zambian Chief of Staff recognized the need to discuss the main worries surrounding defense and security aspects pointing out a spate of resolutions approved by the last encounter held in Zambia, which have not been implemented, pledging to apply the resolutions that will come up from this meeting in Angolan capital.