Angola: Africa House in Cuba Honours Nation

Luanda — The Africa House in Cuba and the Office of the "la Habana" Historian recently in Havana paid a homage to Angola, for the celebration of the 37th anniversary of its independence on November 11.

According to a note from the organisation that reached Angop, the activity was chaired by the member of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee, Jorge Risquet, who highlighted the good relations of cooperation and friendship between the two countries over the 37 years of independence of the African nation.

The speaker spoke oft he political, humane and artistic qualities of the first and late president and founder of the Angolan Nation, António Agostinho Neto.

"I met him in 1953, in Bucharest, Romania, during the 4th Word Youth Festival. That time Neto was studying medicine in Portugal and already challenged the tyranny. Neto was an independentist fighter, a competent physician and excellent poet," said Jorge Risquet.

According to him, Agostinho Neto was an admirer of the Cuban poet, Nicolás Guillén, whom he considered the top exponent of the world black poetry.

"Neto spoke to me of his anxiety to see the Angolan people independent. I told him of our struggles against the imperialist tyranny we were experiencing and the Moncada Barack attack that had just taken place," he also said.

Jorge Risquet recalled that Cabinda Zone B hosted in 1965-67 the first Angolan and Cuban troops joint fight, during a successful ambush on a Portuguese army motorised patrol.

On the other hand, Risquet highlighted the stand of statesman of the Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, for the coherent and visionary way he has been leading the destinies of the country.

"President José Eduardo dos Santos has been capable of consolidating the country's national independence and promote its economic and social development. Angola currently records an acceleration in its process of national reconstruction and advances in the sectors of health, education and other fields.

The event also served for a homage to the Cuban officers and fighters who served in the struggle against the Portuguese colonialism in Africa and the apartheid regime of South Africa.

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