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Angola, Johannesburg – The Angolan Defence minister, Cândido dos Santos Van-Dúnem, Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, said the country’s Armed Forces (FAA) have improved their intervention capacity to counter eventual acts of piracy on territorial waters. The minister was speaking at the end of his visit to South Africa where he attended an extraordinary session of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)’s Defence and Security body held from January 18-21. Assessing the situation of piracy and protection to the country’s maritime border, the minister said Angola has been following the situation in the Gulf of Guinea region and in zones adjacent to its territorial waters. Cândido Van-Dunem said that in addition to upgrading the troops, Angolan authorities are also cooperating with other countries to keep the stability on the territorial waters of the region. Commenting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the minister said measures to control the situation in Congo are safeguarded, regarding any threat to Angola’s internal security. On the other hand, speaking about the meeting, Cândido Van-Dúnem stressed that after the debates at a plenary session, Angolan delegation is carrying recommendations the defence and security organ issued that might contribute to the agenda for the meeting of heads of State of the African Union. He said the meeting reviewed SADC documents in the domain of defence and security concerning the drafting of the agenda for the forthcoming meeting of heads of State and Government of African Union set for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February this year. Among other matters, the Defence ministers, representatives of the national polices and intelligence services of the southern Africa discussed the rising of conflicts in the continent and the situation of maritime piracy on territorial waters of some countries, particularly the situation in the DRC and on the coast of Mozambique and Madagascar. Before retuning to Luanda, minister Van-Dúnem visited the Angolan Embassy, in Pretoria, and met with ambassador Josefina Pitra Diakite.