The Portuguese Foreign Affairs minister has reacted to the news that the proceeding against Manuel Vicente will be sent to Angola: both countries can now return to having "high-level relations".
The Portuguese Foreign Affairs minister has stated, this Thursday, that he takes “very good note” of the decision made by the Portuguese courts to send to Angola the legal proceeding against former Angolan Vice-President, stating that the bilateral relationship can now move to “a higher level”.
“This decision, ending a ‘burden’, now allows the relationship between Portugal and Angola to move to the highest-level relations”, Augusto Santos Silva told Lusa.
The Lisbon Court of Appeal decided, this Thursday, that the legal proceeding against former Angolan Vice-President, Manuel Vicente, defendant in Operation Fizz, should be sent to Angola.
When asked if this decision will allow the Portuguese PM, António Costa, to visit Angola — a visit that has long been scheduled, but did not yet happen –, Santos Silva answered that “that is a high priority for the Portuguese diplomacy”.