Africa: Angola, South Africa Seek to Increase Economic Relations

Angola and South Africa need to focus on development of their economic relations in order to reach the level of political ties, said Wednesday in Luanda the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto.

The official was speaking to the press at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport, shortly after his return from South Africa where he attended ceremonies in honour to Nelson Mandela.

The State Secretary integrated the Angolan delegation led by the Vice-president of the Republic, Manuel Domingos Vicente.

Manuel Augusto said that the Vice-president held Wednesday afternoon a formal meeting with the South African President, Jacob Zuma, with whom he discussed, among other issues, bilateral relations.

He pledged the government's availability to strengthen the relationship, despite the unfortunate event (the death of Mandela).

According to him, several actions are underway between the government of Angola and South Africa, with stress to the development of economic relations between the two countries so that they can reach the level of political relations.

The official also noted that the meeting approached the regional issues specially on the Great lake region and the situation in the east of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

South Africa hosted in October this year the last session of Joint Bilateral Commission, during which it offered to participate in the reconstruction process underway in Angola, mainly in the field of transport and building of infrastructure.

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