I am very honored to be here today and am eager to start my work as U.S. Ambassador to Angola.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Angola bilateral relations. The past two decades has seen the broadening of the U.S.-Angola relationship from development assistance to welcoming U.S. trade and investment. I hope to continue this active partnership through my tenure, helping Angola improve its business climate to support more bilateral trade and investment and strengthen its health sector to serve better all Angolans, encouraging Angola to be a regional leader to foster peace and security in the region. Lastly, we want to create more opportunities for cross cultural and educational exchanges between Angola and the United States.
As most of you know, this is not my first time in Angola. I return after serving here ten years ago. Now, more than ever, the United States government is ready to work with the Angolan government and people to ensure stronger bilateral ties between our countries as well as shared prosperity for all Angolans and Americans.