German patrol boat offer to Angola sparks criticism

By REUTERS
July 13, 2011 21:24

LUANDA - Germany said on Wednesday it was ready to sell patrol boats to Angola to boost links with the resource-rich country, sparking parliamentary criticism against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

On a visit to the southwest African country, Merkel offered industrial cooperation as well as six to eight coast guard vessels, saying the ships could be used for securing borders of a country that plays a role in regional stability.

"Germany is ready for for an energy and raw materials partnership," Merkel said after meeting Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in the capital Luanda.


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