Angolan leader says only diplomacy can solve global conflicts

Joao Lourenco
Joao Lourenco

Angolan President Joao Lourenco called for an end to conflicts in Ukraine, Sudan and the Middle East and stressed the importance of resolving these issues through diplomatic means during the opening ceremony of the 147th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Luanda, the capital of Angola, Monday.

“It is urgent that the weapons fall silent and give way to diplomacy so that the lives of civilians, including children, women and the elderly are saved, and a humanitarian catastrophe in these conflicts would be avoided,” said Lourenco.

He underscored Angola’s commitment to peace and reconciliation. “As the President pro tempore of SADC (the Southern African Development Community) and also the President of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, we have intensified efforts to find joint and definitive solutions to normalize some of the conflicts on the African continent through intense diplomatic actions,” he said.

During the opening ceremony, President of the IPU Duarte Pacheco commended the Angolan government’s success in achieving peace after years of internal conflict and urged the world to follow Angola’s example. He highlighted the pressing need for lawmakers from all nations to come together and engage in discussions about peace processes.

The 147th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union commenced in Luanda Monday, with the participation of 1,300 representatives from 130 countries, including more than 50 parliamentary presidents. The event will run until Friday, addressing a diverse agenda of current international issues, with a primary focus on promoting peace and democracy.

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