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Angola and Russia schedule joint meeting for April and want to expand cooperation

Angola and Russia are holding a joint intergovernmental commission meeting in April, in Luanda, to reinforce and expand cooperation in the fields of telecommunications, mines, energy, space industry and agro-industry, announced the head of Russian diplomacy.


"The domains that we have in perspective are energy, telecommunications, information technologies, geology and mines, space and agro-industry, we hope that this commission meeting can be held at the end of April in Luanda", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs from Russia, Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov, who was speaking this Wednesday, in Luanda, at the end of talks between the Angolan and Russian delegations, signaled the historical and friendly relations with Angola and recalled the existing cooperation in the economic, technical, military and humanitarian fields, in a declaration of press without the right to ask questions.

The launch of the Angosat 2 satellite, last October, noted the Russian minister, "allows opening new lines of cooperation not only in the space domain, but in other areas of technology".

He also praised the development of cooperation in the humanitarian sector, especially in the field of training, noting that Russia has decided to double the scholarships it offers to Angola, which are expected to rise from 150 to 300 in 2024.

According to the Russian diplomat, who was speaking alongside his counterpart Téte António, today's talks also agreed on speeding up cooperation and signing various bilateral instruments.

The sectors of culture, atomic energy and humanitarian operations must gain new impetus within the framework of the bilateral relationship.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, also highlighted the importance of the talks with the Russian delegation, referring that they allowed for a "frank and friendly dialogue", where bilateral, regional and international issues were addressed.

"With regard to bilateral issues, we agree that, taking into account the existing dynamics between the two countries and the international atmosphere, we will continue to deepen various aspects addressed today, through the bilateral commission, as well as through dialogue between the sectors", he pointed out.

"We placed particular emphasis on our preparation in the diamond sector, taking into account the weight of this sector in the national economy and the difficulties we face today also require innovative solutions", underlined the Angolan official.

Serguei Lavrov is on his first day of visit to Angola today, heading, after his meeting with his counterpart, to the Presidential Palace, where he was received by President João Lourenço.


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