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Portuguese PM Visits Angola to Improve Bilateral Ties


Mohamed Zerari - 7Dnews London - AFP

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:59 GMT

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa arrived in Angola on Monday for a two-day official visit aimed at accelerating political relations between Portugal and Angola, a former colony closely linked to the economy, reports AFP.

"This visit is very symbolic, and it is aimed at elevating our relations to a strategic level," Costa said on arrival in Luanda. 

The Portuguese prime minister's visit is an appeal for high-level visits between the leaders of the two countries, whose relations have been affected since Lisbon's decision to sue ex-vice president Manuel Vicente on its territory for corruption. 

The decision angered former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, whose country ruled uncontested between 1979 and 2017. 

Relations between the two countries have improved following a decision by the Portuguese judiciary in May to transfer the trial to Luanda as Angola wants. 

Costa said on Monday he wanted to close the page. 

"We have to focus on the future," he said. "There are a lot of things that we can and should do together at the very high level of economic relations between our two countries." 

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