25 November 2012

Southern Africa: Namibia's History Inseparable From Angola - President Pohamba

Windhoek — The President of the Republic of Namibia, Lucas Hifikepunie Mpohamba, asserted in the Namibian capital of Windhoek that his country's history is only worthy when bound up with Angola, due to the assistance granted by the latter.

The statesman said so on Friday during a meeting, at the Presidential Palace, with the chairperson of the Dr. António Agostinho Neto Foundation, Maria Eugenia Neto.

President Pohamba also made reference to both countries' economic progress, having expressed satisfaction at the rapid growth being recorded by Angola since the end of the civil war.

He thanked the widow of the late Angolan President Neto for accepting his invitation to visit his country, considering her as "a sister among brothers", and reminded everyone that Maria Eugenia Neto, two and a half years, received the most respectful medal of Namibia in recognition of the work she did alongside President Agostinho Neto, for the country's liberation.

Maria Eugenia Neto thanked Lucas Pohamba and explained that during the visit she presented her late husband's literary works, especially the five volumes resulting from a research in the archives of the Portuguese secret police, from 1945 to 1974, that had Neto as a major target.

Maria Eugenia Neto said she requested from the President of SWAPO, Sam Nujoma, for the collaboration of Namibian universities for the translation of these volumes into English.

Another objective that took Maria Eugenia Neto to Namibia was to gather oral testimonies of leaders of the former colonies on the founder of the Angolan nation.

After the presidential meeting, the visitor received at her official residence at the palace, the ambassador of the Republic of Congo to Namibia, Maria Teresa Avemeka, with whom she shared views on the Agostinho Neto's Foundation.

Maria Eugenia Neto is a poet, juvenile writer and founding member of the Angolan Writers Union. She won the national culture and arts prize in 2011 with the book entitled "The the creatures spoke in the forest" and also received a prize of honour from the cultural committee of UNESCO in 1977 for the same literary work.

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