14 November 2012

Angola: Independence Was Hard-Won - Namibian Minister

Oshakati — The Namibian Foreign Affairs minister, Utoni Nujoma, has said in Oshakati that the independence of Angola was not "served on a plate", but it was the result of many sacrifices and lost lives in the struggle for national liberation.

The Namibian minister said so at the celebration ceremony of Angola's 37th independence anniversary, which took place in Namibia's Oshakati region.

Utoni Nujoma seized the occasion to pay homage to the founder of the Angolan nation, António Agostinho Neto, and all the heroic children of Angola that made the country's independence become a reality.

He said he recalls the contribution of President Neto and the Angolan people to the struggle against colonialism and apartheid in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

He expressed his country's sincere gratitude for the support of Angola, which he considers is imprinted in the annals of the history of the two nations.

He also reminded that one cannot speak about the independence of Angola without remembering the "terrible battle of Cuito Cuanavale", the greatest battle in the history of sub-Saharan Africa in the 21st century, in which the invading forces of the then racist South African forces were defeated by the joint troops of Angola, Cuba and SWAPO.

On the same occasion, the Angolan ambassador to Namibia, Manuel Alexandre Duarte Rodrigues "Kito", reaffirmed the availability of the Angolan diplomatic missions to this country to work diligently with the Namibian authorities to strengthen the existing good bilateral relations.

"We've struggled together, suffered together and must keep on working together in this time of economic revolution", he emphasised.

The ceremony was also attended by the UNHCR representative in this country, Laurence Mgbangson, the governor of the Oshana region, Clemens kashupulwa, and the governor of the Omusatiça region, Sophia Shaningwa, as well as diplomats, religious and traditional entities, among other guests.

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