Quito — The republics of Angola and Ecuador manifested on Wednesday their willingness to work to strengthen bilateral relations.
This was expressed in Quito, capital of Ecuador, during an audience granted to the Angolan ambassador Nelson Cosme, in which he presented the copies of his Credentials to the Ecuadorian minister of Foreign Affairs, Pablo Villagomes.
The two officials discussed matters relating to the strengthening of relations between Ecuador and Angola, in the framework of the materialisation of a new policy of approximation with Africa, being carried out by the government of the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa.
In the meeting, it was analysed measures to be taken for the reinforcement of bilateral co-operation, the completion of the legal instruments that will regulate the General Co-operation Agreement, a memo on regular political consultations and the establishment of a joint bilateral commission of co-operation.
Ecuador manifested its availability to transfer technologies for the production of seeds and improved plants, as well as co-operate in scientific research in the fields of farming, higher education, interchange of students and teachers, and fish processing industry.
Ambassador Nelson Cosme also held meetings with Ecuador's director for Bilateral Relations with Asia, Africa and Oceania and the director for Multilateral Relations, respectively José Tamayo and Marro Zamora.
As regards the multilateral relations, it is highlighted the co-operation in the framework of the Africa-South America Forum, whose next meeting is scheduled for February, in Malabo.
Angola and Ecuador also have a co-operation agreement, between Angola's state-owned oil company Sonangol and the Petro-Ecuador, as well as a memorandum signed between the Oil ministries of both countries.