Naanda refutes Angola beef with Namibia claims

Stefanus Nashama

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has refuted claims that the relationship existing between Namibia and its neighbouring country, Angola, is in danger of collapsing.

This comes after a local daily newspaper last week published a story stating that ‘Angola’s beef with Namibia is getting real.

However, Executive Director in the ministry, Penda Naanda, on Tuesday refuted the claims stating that the editorial is not only misleading but has the potential to fuel unnecessary tension between the two nations.

“To suggest that the cordial relationship that exists between the two countries is in danger of collapsing is not only devoid of any iota of truth but could also be regarded as very inflammatory and misleading.

“Due to their special relationship, Namibia and Angola elevated their Joint Commission mechanism, which was co-chaired by Ministers, to a Bi-National Commission (BNC), which will be co-chaired by the Presidents of Angola and Namibia later in the year,” said Naanda.

He clarified that a Joint Technical Committee between the two countries has resolved the matter concerning the Namibian farmers grazing their cattle in Angola.

Naanda said the ministry invites all media institutions and practitioners to feel at liberty to approach the Ministry at all times with any queries, clarification or comments before misleading the public.

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