The Angolan ambassador to Portugal, José Marcos Barrica, said Friday in Lisbon that Portuguese citizens are welcome in Angola, but lamented the signs of mistrust from people, most of whom are well positioned officials in the Portuguese governmental apparatus.
Reacting to the speech on the State of the Nation delivered by the Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, at the National Assembly, regarding the intention of putting an end to the "strategic partnership" with Portugal, Marcos Barrica reiterated that the Angolan Government will continue to protect the Portuguese citizens that have been living and working in Angola.
"Angola needs Portugal, just as Portugal needs Angola. Therefore, we would like to get back to normality in the relations between the two countries as soon as possible", He said.
"Portuguese investment in Angola is welcome, thus the Portuguese people that are working in Angola are not being disturbed, and even the Angolan Government will not allow such act to happen to Portuguese people. So, it was not said that the Portuguese people could not travel to Angola anymore and was it not also said that Angola does not need Portugal" said ambassador José Marcos Barrica.