17 January 2013

Angola: Ambassador Calls for Patriotism

Lisbon — The Angolan ambassador to Portugal, José Marcos Barrica, Thursday in Lisbon appealed to Angolans living there to be patriotic in fighting the "group of well identified people who insist in denigrating the Angolan institutions."

"There is need to talk to this people and convince them about the truth of things. This is a patriotic and recommendable work," said Marcos Barrica,

According to him, such campaigns result from the nostalgic character, mainly of those defeated or missing the "lost empire in Angola" with the national independence in 1975.

"In Portugal, we have strong currents that denigrate the image of Angola and its institutions, as they have a grudge against the sovereignty of the Angolan State," the diplomat also said, adding that the defence of the motherland must be above all other things.

However, the diplomat explained the fact that the campaign of denigrating Angola has nothing to do with an orientation from the Portuguese State and things should by that reason be separated.

He called on the more than 50,000 Angolans resident in Portugal to use family and labour solidarity as a step toward cohesion.

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