16 January 2013

South Africa: President Zuma Visits Angola

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma is to travel to Angola for a state visit which is aimed at reviewing the progress in various areas of bilateral cooperation.

Zuma, who leaves the country today, will hold discussions with his counterpart Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.

On the agenda will be the progress on the agreements signed between the two countries, according to the Presidency.

"During the visit, the two Heads of State are expected to exchange views on issues affecting our bilateral relationship, the SADC region and the continent."

The visit also aims to strengthen relations with the oil rich Angola. Angola is the continent's third largest economy and has untapped investment opportunities.

Angola is one of South Africa's major trading partners on the continent and the South Africa imports from Angola are petroleum and diamonds. Almost 90 percent of Angola exports to SA are petroleum related products.

The two countries also share tight relations in various areas and continue to work together in maintaining peace and stability as well as regional integration and the promotion of the SADC Agenda.

Both countries are still part of respectively the SADC Troika and the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Troika.

President Zuma first visited Angola in 2009, accompanied by eleven Ministers. Then there was a reciprocal visit by President Dos Santos in 2010.

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