6 February 2013

Angola and Portugal Improve Mechanisms for Bilateral Summit

Luanda — The preparation of the first Angola-Portugal Bilateral Summit topped Wednesday's session held in Luanda between the Foreign ministers of Angola and Portugal, Georges Chikoti and Paulo Portas, respectively.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, minister Georges Chikoti said technical teams have been set up for the summit and the Angolan side will travel to Portugal for further arrangements.

"It has been decided that during this year, there will be a summit of heads of State and Government, for which the Foreign ministers are tasked with discussing to the detail and set the programme and agenda," he stated.

According to Georges Chikoti, both countries' respective delegations will meet again to set a date, "but I think it will be in the second semester of this year," said the Angolan Foreign minister.

The summit, the minister added, will discuss several matters, but Angola in particular has an interest in the training of personnel, which is a process wanted accelerated.

He said that Angola is also interested to know about the Portuguese companies wishing to come into the country, particularly those with a focus on the national reconstruction.

Geoerges Chikoti stated as well that the summit will be an opportunity for the parties to review some links of the cooperation existing between Angola and Portugal.

As to the visa issue, he said there is a slight delay on the Angolan side, but it is in the interest of the authorities to improve the way they are issued.

"We have some delay. Portugal has been more agile in granting visas for Angolans, but I think a solution can be found," he stressed.

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