Africa-Press – Angola. The Defense Attaché of the Angolan Embassy in Ethiopia and Permanent Representation to the African Union (AU), Colonel José Filomeno da Fonseca, was unanimously elected Dean of the Association of Defense Attachés Accredited in Addis Ababa.
Colonel José Filomeno da Fonseca considers that the election is a recognition of the role that the country plays in the pacification and stabilization of the African continent, especially in the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa, and that it constitutes “an early gift for the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) that today mark the 31st anniversary of its foundation.
The ambassador to Ethiopia, Francisco da Cruz, described the election of the Angolan Defense Attaché as another victory for national diplomacy, taking place at a time when the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, is the champion for peace and reconciliation in Africa. , elected by his peers at the Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes in Government, held in May this year in the capital of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo.
In the press release, the Angolan Embassy in Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) emphasizes that Colonel José Filomeno da Fonseca participated in the Mission of the SADC Allied Forces in the DRC (1998- 2002) and in the Angolan Military Mission in the same country, between 2006 and 2007.
Colonel José da Fonseca also participated in the African Union Reconnaissance Mission to Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia. With a PhD in Political Science, the senior officer served as Defense Attaché at the Angolan Embassy in Botswana and South Africa, having been stationed in Addis Ababa since 2021.
In addition to Colonel Filomeno da Fonseca, the association’s management, which has representatives from 150 countries, includes the attachés from Switzerland, Colonel Ray Rutsch, from Zambia, Brigadier General Musonda Nthenga, from Gabon, Colonel Aristide Anguilet, from Japan, Colonel Massato Kitagwa, and South Korea’s Lieutenant Colonel Jee Soochan.