Angola: President supports strengthening cooperation between Angola and São Tomé

Luanda – The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, defended on Monday in Luanda a revision of the cooperation between Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe, in favor of the strengthening of bilateral relations and the political, economic and social development of the two country.

During a press conference, held after the meeting with his Sao Tomean counterpart, Carlos Vila Nova, the Angolan statesman said that the review of cooperation includes the areas of defence, health, fisheries, maritime and air transport and others deemed to be of bilateral interest.

On the occasion, he regretted that the two governments had not held a meeting of the Joint Bilateral Commission, created in January 1980, 15 years ago.

The President of the Republic informed that during the private meeting with his counterpart in São Tomé, they agreed to hold a meeting of the Mixed Commission, on the 29th and 30th of this month, in São Tomé and Príncipe.

Carlos Vila Nova has been in Angola since Sunday (8), for a three-day working visit, as part of strengthening friendship and cooperation between the two peoples and governments.

According to his schedule, Monday (09), at the Presidential Palace, he had a private meeting with his Angolan counterpart, João Lourenço.

On Monday afternoon, the visiting statesman takes part in a solemn ceremony at the National Assembly.

Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe formalized their cooperation in February 1978, through the General Agreement of Friendship and Cooperation and the Joint Bilateral Commission (1980).

In 1995, they signed an agreement for the reciprocal protection of investments, with a view to creating favorable conditions to stimulate private initiatives and intensify economic cooperation between the two states.

Members of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (CGG), Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe maintain excellent political, diplomatic, cooperation and friendship relations.

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