14 January 2013

Angola: Benin President in Luanda

Luanda — The president of Benin, Thomas Yayi Boni, arrived Monday evening in Luanda, for a few hours visit to Angola, during which he is expected to discuss with the local authorities matters concerning the reinforcement of cooperation between the two countries.

The visiting president was welcomed on arrival at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport by Angolan minister of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Pitra Neto and other cabinet ministers.

According to the visit agenda, president Thomas Boni will meet with his local counterpart, José Eduardo dos Santos.

President Thomas Bone last visited Angola on 17 January 2011, during which the two countries expressed the wish to strengthen relations in the parliamentary, health, transports, fisheries, culture and art domains.

The Republic of Benin is a, from north to south, long stretched country in West Africa, east of Togo and west of Nigeria, it is bordered to the north by Burkina Faso and Niger, in south by the the Bight of Benin, in the Gulf of Guinea, that part of the North Atlantic Ocean which is roughly south of West Africa. Benin's coastline is just 121 km (75 mi) long.

With an area of 112,622 km² the country has a population of 9 million people (est. 2012), the majority of the inhabitants live in the coastal region. Spoken languages are French (official), West African languages, like Fon and Yoruba are the most common vernaculars in south, at least six major tribal languages are spoken in north.

Seat of the government and capital of the Republic of Benin is Porto-Novo, Benin's largest city and major port is Cotonou, the cultural and political centre of the country.

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