Angola: Ambassador Values Relations With China

Beijing — The Angolan ambassador to China, João Garcia Bires, Friday in Beijing valued the cooperation, in the last eight years, with the Asian nation, since then, is being built in Angola a modern country.

According to the diplomat, who was speaking at the official reception of the Angolan Embassy on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Sino-Angolan cooperation, being celebrated on 12 January, his country, in the past, was recognized only by marks of war and other horrors but, "since then in its soil is being built a modern country" a nation of solidarity with people with a track and able to make Angola a place of peace, harmony and a pleasant place to live.

He said the people and government of his country are grateful with the People's Republic of China, as it granted in the past eight years the first loan to Angola worth USD two billion without prior conditions and repayable in 17 years.

At the reception which was attended, among other personalities, by the vice president of the People's Political Consultative Conference and president of the Chinese Friendship Association of Chinese and African peoples, Abduláhat Abdulrixi, the diplomat said that this

fund was used to start up the vast program of his government to tackle the harmful effects of the war that tore Angola.

Naturally other loans were made by EXIMBANK and later by CDB and CIF, and the results are there - the ambassador stressed, underlining once more the past war, but that has now become a reference among the states of Africa and other parts of the world.

"We Angolans, testimonies of these results, we are pleased with the technical, scientific and producing capacity of its leaders, staff and other stakeholders for efficient speed to finish the commitments and ongoing cooperation" - the ambassador stressed that floated new era and new areas in bilateral relations.

January 12 marks for the Angolans, change and at the same time, we have been gaining recognition as a country - he said.

The reception was attended by several Chinese officials, Vice Foreign Minister of China, Zhai Jun, vice president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and vice president of the Association of Sino-African Friendship, Fengo Zuoku,

Angolan diplomats and community and other countries.At the reception there were moments with cultural dance session and illusionism.This activity was preceded by a conference addressed by the Director of Studies and Analysis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Angola, Francisco da Cruz, Brigadier Manuel Correia de Barros of the Center for Strategic Studies of Angola, Angolan representatives of the Agency for Private Investment ( ANIP), officials of Huawei tecchonoligies, of CITIC International and others.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Angolan relations, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, addressed to his counterpart's of People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao, a message stressing his appreciation "for multiform cooperation and

mutually advantageous developed fruitfully to over long time".

The President of the Republic emphasizes "convergence of views and mutual understanding in addressing international issues, the issues of bilateral interest and for both countries."

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