25 March 2008

South Africa: Jacob Zuma Considers MPLA-ANC Relations Reinforced

Luanda — The President of the African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Zuma said relations between his party and Angola's ruling MPLA were further reinforced with his five-day visit to the country.

The South African official expressed this stand on Monday, here, to the press at the end of his visit, where among other activities he travelled to south east Kuando Kubango province to attend the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Cuito Cuanavale Battle, marked on March 23.

According to Jacob Zuma, who expressed satisfaction at meeting friends and comrades of MPLA, after having won the elections in his party programmed a visit to Angola showing the importance South Africa attributes to this country.

"We have all agreed that the relations were not at a desirable level and we think that this visit has helped to re-launch and boost the ties between the two parties at all fields", he said.

During his stay in Angola, Jacob Zuma met with MPLA's President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, with whom he discussed matters relating to the boosting of the relations between the two parties.

The leader of ANC received farewell greetings at Luanda' "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport from the Vice President of MPLA, Pitra Neto, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Paulo Teixeira Jorge, and from other members of the party.

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