29 April 2014

Angola: President Eduardo Dos Santos Meets French Counterpart

Paris — The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, was received with military honours Tuesday in the Eliseu Palace, in Paris, by his French counterpart, François Hollande, with whom he discussed the reinforcement of bilateral cooperation.

José Eduardo dos Santos who arrived on Monday in Paris for a 48-hour official stay paid a brief visit to the L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), in Paris, where he was welcomed by the French secretary of State for Ex-combatants, Kader Arif.

At the monument, the Angolan president witnessed the presentation of the flags and the national anthems from both countries.

The L'Hôtel national des Invalides is a monument whose construction was ordered by Luís XIV in 1670, to accommodate ex-combatants with physical disabilities a role it continues playing. It is also a military cemetery and the headquarters of several museums.

Among the personalities buried there, is Napoleon Bonaparte, political and military leader in the latest stages of the French Revolution.

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