Angolan President Starts Visit to Turkey

Luanda — The signature of agreements in various fields between the delegations of Angola and Turkey is the highlight point of the first day of the official visit of the President João Lourenço to Turkey, aimed at strengthening economic and business cooperation.

Angolan Head of State started Tuesday a two-day visit to that country, the first since he took office in September 2017.

During João Lourenço's visit to Ankara since Monday, the two countries are expected to sign agreements in different branches, with emphasis on the military, trade, economy and mineral resources, as well as consular and diplomatic aspects.

According to the official programme reached Angop, Tuesday's agenda includes a meeting between the Angolan Head of State and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before the start of official talks.

At the end of the negotiations, a press conference between the two statesmen will take place, followed by an official dinner.

The Angolan President's first day of work in Ankara began at the Ataturk Mausoleum, where he laid down a wreath, the official photograph and signed the book of honours.

For Wednesday, the last day of the visit, President João Lourenço will participate in a business forum with dozens of businessmen, to whom he presents Angola's economic potential and the multiple initiatives aimed at progressively improving the business environment.

On this historic visit, the Angolan Head of State accompanies a government delegation, which will, in parallel, initiate various contacts with the Turkish authorities, with a view to strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Diplomatic relations between Angola and Turkey date back to 1980. The two countries already have cooperation agreements in the areas of trade, agriculture, education, culture, defence, justice and sport.

In Angola, Turkey has investments in the provinces of Luanda and Uíge, in the areas of industry, commerce, education and civil construction.

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