On 9 October 2016, Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) – the great bulwark of national independence and preservation of the country's democratic institutions - marked their 25th anniversary.
Founded in the result of the Bicesse (Portugal) peace agreements in a most difficult period in the country's history, the Armed Forces of Angola, after the post-electoral crisis of 1992 which lasted for long and ended only in April, 2002, have gone through a process of reorganization and modernization of their 3 arms.
That stage was marked by a more efficient fight against illegal immigration and undue exploration of natural resources as well as by an effective control of the national frontier on the sea, land and in the air. The FAA have always enjoyed a full support within Angola and outside. The valor and bravery of their militants have won a recognition throughout Africa and not only.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the national armed forces, the office of the Military Attaché at the Embassy of Angola in Moscow offered a traditional reception in the UPDK Cultural Center during which the Military Attaché, Rear Admiral Julio da Silva Kitumba, highlighted the courage of Angolan generals, officers and soldiers while fulfilling the honorable mission of the defence of their Motherland.
Rear Admiral Kitumba stated in his speech that the experience of Angola in the creation of its armed forces is studied in african military universities as an example of a successful involvement in the process of both belligerant parties of the interior conflict in Angola so that none was excluded from it.
Besides the Ambassador of Angola to Russia, Joaquim Augusto de Lemos, there was another special guest at the Reception, Jose Carvalho da Rocha, minister of telecommunications and information technologies, who was in Moscow on a working visit. Members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Russia were also present at the event.