4 February 2014

Angola: Foreign Minister Puts Aside Exclusive Partnerships

The Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti, put aside o Monday in Madrid exclusive economic partnerships of the country at international scene.

Speaking in a news conference after the meeting with his Spanish counterpart, José Manuel Margallo Y Marfil, which resulted in the signing of an accord on reciprocal suppression of diplomatic visas, the Angolan top diplomat said that "Angola always has relations with all other partnerships".

The meeting equally confirmed the Spanish support for the bid of Angola as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2015 and 2016.

"Angola is already being supported by the African countries and now we have Spanish support and the possibility of reciprocal support", said Georges Chikoti.

Regarding the relations between Angola and Portugal, Chikoti said that he met his Portuguese counterpart, Rui Machete, at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, also recalling of his recent visit to France.

"Angola has various partners at international level and this path will continue to be in our policy. We never have a reserved policy to a single country. We deal with several countries", he said.

Speaking to Spain, the minister said that there are a lot of Spanish companies and of course Angola is interested to promote an environment so that its companies may invest in the country.

About his visit on Monday to the Spanish Congress of MPs, where he met its deputy speaker, Celia Villalobos Talero, the Angolan minister said that Spain intends that the parliaments of both countries to establish contacts.

The Angolan official's visit is ending this Tuesday with the conducting a lecture at the Royal Institute of Elcano on "The national security, as regional and world stability factor" aimed for members of the diplomatic missions of Africa, Middle East and member countries of the UN Security Council, as well as specialists of international relations and political scientists.

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