4 May 2014

Angola: Head of State Returns Home

Luanda — The Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, returned home last Saturday evening to Luanda, after carrying out official visits to France and the Vatican, aimed at strengthening bilateral co-operation.

The Angolan statesman, who left the plane at about 06.00 pm, was welcomed back, at the airport, by the Vice President of the Republic, Manuel Domingos Vicente, and by other presidential aides and staffs.

In Paris, José Eduardo dos Santos held meetings with his French counterpart, François Holland, as well as with entrepreneurs and members of the diplomatic body of African countries accredited in that European country.

While there, the Angolan Head of State appealed to French entrepreneurs to invest in Angola, having into account the need for mutual advantages.

In the Vatican City, José Eduardo dos Santos met with Pope Francis, with whom he discussed, among other things, matters related to the bilateral agreement project relating to the legal status of the Catholic church in Angola.

Still in the Holy See, the Angolan statesman met with other personalities of the Catholic church, as well as with African ambassadors accredited in the Vatican.

He also visited the Santa Maria Maggiori Basilica, in which is located the tomb of Afonso Nvunda "Negrita", the first ambassador of the former Kongo Kingdom to the Vatican.

In this trip, the Angolan President was accompanied by the First Lady, Ana Paula dos Santos, and other personalities of the Angolan state.

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