5 February 2013

Angola: Head of State Welcomes Portuguese Foreign Minister

Luanda — The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, received Tuesday in Luanda the Portuguese Foreign minister, Paulo Portas, who arrived in the Angolan capital for a visit.

Speaking to journalists at the end of the audience, Paulo Portas announced the holding of the first "Bilateral Summit" this year.

The ministries of Foreign Affairs of Portugal and Angola will work "with a pragmatic and concrete sense" to reach contents and progress in the cooperation between the two countries.

"This is a job we will do with great pleasure," said Paulo Ports who added that the above mentioned meeting will be held in Angola.

The source also said that during the audience, the Portuguese diplomat expressed to José Eduardo dos Santos his country's intention to reinforce existing cooperation he considered "unique and un-replaceable".

It is about a "relation between Portugal and Angola (....) between Angolans and Portuguese," said Paulo Portas.

According to him, Portuguese exports to Angola in 2012 grew by more than 30 percent.

"This helps a lot our economic situation that is difficult and that we will overcome," he stressed.

Angola's exports to Portugal, according to Paulo Portas, also grew a lot which means that the existing relations are profitable.

He said Portugal gains when it exports to Angola and the latter gains when it exports to Portugal, emphasised the Portuguese official.

Paulo Portas welcomed the Angolan exports to his country, adding that there are thousands of Portuguese firms working in Angola.

The official further stated that the remittances of Portuguese workers operating in Angola are very important to Portugal.

"It was a very satisfactory audience with one of the greatest African leaders that is the president of the republic of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos," he stated.

In his turn, the Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, welcomed the personal engagement of Paulo Portas in the strengthening of the relations between the two countries."

Angola, he added, wishes to have relations strengthened in the domains of education and others.

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