Angolan President’s visit this week to Portugal means “normalization of relations”, Angolan media relations minister says

  • ECO News
  • 19 November 2018

Between the 22nd and the 24th of November, João Lourenço will be in Portugal. It is the first time since 2009 that an Angolan President visits the country.

The Angolan President is visiting Portugal this week, between the 22nd and the 24th of November, in what can be seen as a step to the full normalisation of relations between the two countries.

“These are certainly good news”, João Melo, the Angolan media relations minister said, noting as well that this is an important step for the further improvement of cooperation between Angola and Portugal. He also told news agency, Lusa, that there is no official information yet about the President’s agenda during his visit to the country, which is the first since the former president visited Portugal, in 2009.

There are however some “mandatory areas to discuss”, such as the strengthening of economic cooperation and the free circulation of citizens between both countries, which will certainly raise a lot of different views, and promote debate, according to the minister. He also noted that the Angolan government will vote on legislation on the economic and fiscal cooperation between the two countries, prior to their departure to Portugal. These were some of the instruments discussed during the Portuguese prime-minister’s visit to Angola last September.

When asked if the visit will mean the relations between both countries are finally moving forward, the minister stated that “the issues between our countries have been overtaken for a long time now”.