9 January 2013

Angola: Head of State Receives Maldives Parliament Speaker

Luanda — The head of State José Eduardo dos Santos Wednesday in Luanda received in audience the speaker of the Maldives Parliament, Abdulla Shahid, who is on a three-day visit to Angola.

After the audience, Addulla Shahind would not speak to the press, but it is believed that the audience focused mainly on an exchange of views for the establishment of bilateral cooperation.

Angola and Maldives on Tuesday outlined paths for the start of a fruitful and mutually disadvantaged parliamentary cooperation.

This was during a meeting between the speakers of the Parliament of Angola and Maldives, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos and Abdulla Shahind, respectively.

Regarding the meeting with his counterpart, Abdulla Shahind said considered what can be done by the two institutions in view of the challenges facing the two countries, focusing on reinforcement of participative democracy and a lawful State.

He said the meeting agreed that the goal is to improve the living of the populations of both countries, adding that the political and socio-economic development programmes must be dealt with at parliamentary level.

The visiting official said that although no cooperation deal was formally signed, all would be started with an exchange of visits of parliamentary delegations, with a view to an exchange of experience in various fields.

The Republic of Maldives is an archipelago on the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India, southern Asia, comprising 1,196 islands, 203 of which inhabited.

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