Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom on a visit to Angola met the President of the Republic of Angola, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, on Thursday (March 6). Dr. Tedros delivered a message to the President from Prime Minister Hailemariam regarding actions that might be taken to strengthen cooperation in the field of bilateral air services between Ethiopia and Angola.
President dos Santos said he believed economic relations between Angola and Ethiopia should be developed further to match the excellent political relationship between the two countries. He told Dr. Tedros that Angola was undertaking a major airport infrastructure expansion project which would be completed in the next few years. He said that while attempts would continue to meet the request for increased air services to Angola, the completion of this project would be instrumental in accommodating the need for expanded bilateral air services with Ethiopia and other countries.
Dr. Tedros said he had been very impressed with the fast pace of development taking place in Luanda. It was a testimony to the realization of the vision of the founding father of Angola, Dr. Agostinho Neto, as well as of President Dos Santos. He added that Ethiopia was considering opening an Embassy in Luanda to facilitate and enhance bilateral cooperation. The meeting was attended by Angola's Foreign Minister and members of the Ethiopian delegation.
Prior to the meeting with President Dos Santos, Dr. Tedros and his delegation visited the Antonio Agostinho Neto Memorial Center which has a Mausoleum, monument, library and public park in honor of Dr. Agostinho Neto and one of the best known African freedom fighters of his generation.
Ethiopia and Angola have always enjoyed excellent relations on a political level, but economic relations have fallen short of their potential. The economic growth that both countries have been experiencing for the last ten years has created trading and investment opportunities that are now available for business people from both countries to develop. Air transport is a crucial element in fostering economic relations and Ethiopia attaches great importance to the development of cooperation in the field of bilateral air services.