Angola: President João Lourenço in Namibia for 40th Anniversary of Cassinga Massacre

The President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, landed on Thursday afternoon in the Namibian capital of Windhoek to participate in the 40th anniversary ceremonies of the Cassinga Massacre to be marked on Friday.

Windhoek — The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, landed Thursday afternoon in the Namibian capital of Windhoek to participate in the 40th anniversary ceremonies of the Cassinga Massacre to be marked on Friday.

Cassinga Massacre is the result of an attack by the South African army against a refugee camp on 4 May 1978.

The visit of the Head of State to Namibia is a response to an invitation from his counterpart, Hage Geingob.

On arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, the Angolan President , accompanied by the First Lady of the Republic, Ana Dias Lourenço, senior staff of his Cabinet, ministers, among others, received welcome greetings from Vice- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Namibia, Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah, ambassador Manuel Alexandre Rodrigues and others officials.

The third President of since the independence, proclaimed on November 11, 1975, makes his first state visit to Namibia to attend the ceremonies as a guest of honor.

The Head of State will deposit a wreath at the Memorial of Heroes, in honor of the hundreds of Namibians and Angolans who died in the Cassinga Massacre.

In Windhoek, the President of the Republic, in addition to meeting with his counterpart Hage Geingob, will review the state of bilateral relations and issues of regional and international interest, will also be awarded, on Friday, with the Medal of the Highest Order of Namibia.

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