22 February 2012

Angola: Country to Open Embassy in East Timor

Luanda — Angola will open a diplomatic representation in East Timor soon, as part of the effort Luanda and Dili are making to "restore the historical relations of privilege" that unite the two countries.

This was said Wednesday in Luanda by the commercial attache of East Timor Embassy in the Angolan capital, Elda Ferreira.

Elda Ferreira was speaking to Angop about the preparations for the presidential elections set for March 17 this year in that Asian country.

According to Elda ferreira, the opening of an Angolan embassy in Dili might take place after the legislative elections in east Timor set for June this year.

"I can assure that after the legislative election of June (in East Timor), Angola will have a resident embassy, because this country has a proper history in the relations of East Timor with the rest of the world," said the diplomat.

She stated that the history of privileged relations between the two countries started in 1975, when Angola became the first country to recognise East Timor as an independent nation.

The diplomat also recalled how Angola accepted the opening of an East Timor diplomatic representation in Luanda, following the occupation of the country by Indonesia.

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