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Brazil and Angola to re-launch strategic cooperation this year

Angola and Brazil intend to re-launch their strategic cooperation this year. According to the announcement by Rafael de Mello Vidal, ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Angola, the two countries have in mind some new ideas for the commercial sector and for investments, which will help to innovate bilateral relations.

: Presidente da Assembleia Nacional com o embaixador do Brasil em Angola (Foto: Paulo Mulaza/Edições Novembro)
Presidente da Assembleia Nacional com o embaixador do Brasil em Angola (Foto: Paulo Mulaza/Edições Novembro)  

Stating that after the international panorama ended up conditioning Brazilian investments in Angola, the ambassador explained that Brazil has been giving new attention to bilateral relations with Angola.

"We give priority attention to Angola. We have more than 70 cooperation projects, some already completed and others in progress," said Rafael de Mello Vidal, quoted by Angop, at the end of a meeting with the president of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, this Wednesday.

The diplomat highlighted the existence of a strong relationship in the defense and security sector: "We have a cooperation that is one of the pillars of this strategic partnership that involves joint naval exercises, exchange of equipment, training of officers in the aeronautical area, navy and army.

He also highlighted the partnerships in the area of health, exemplifying the work developed in HIV control, and also spoke about the strong bilateral relations that exist in agriculture and in the training of Angolan staff in Brazil.

We can mention the existence of several projects, "but we have, for example, in the health field, the milk bank, in agriculture, we have the work of formation and training of Angolan technicians in Brazil and in the health area there is also a demand that we will start working in the area of HIV control," he said, quoted by Jornal de Angola.

The Brazilian ambassador also mentioned a possible visit of the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, to Angola, as part of his participation in the Summit of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), taking place this year in Luanda.

"We want, on the sidelines of this summit, to hold a bilateral meeting with the presence of businessmen and there are, also, expectations of the meeting to be accompanied by Brazilian parliamentarians and senators who follow Brazil's agenda with Angola."

Rafael de Mello Vidal also praised the Angolan governance, highlighting the growth of the national economy and the good control of covid-19. "Angola sets an example to the world in several aspects of its politics. The government of President João Lourenço can only be exalted for this work," he said.

The president of the National Assembly also received, this Wednesday, the Italian ambassador Cristiano Gallo, who indicated that that European country and Angola are working to increase investments.

"The environment is favorable and everyone is interested in all sectors, especially agriculture, we have a history of cooperation and I think it will be possible to do this."

Also the ambassador of Serbia, Milos Peridis met with Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. The diplomat considered that the relations between Angola and Serbia "are very good" and revealed that his country offered 10 scholarships to young Angolans.

Cited by Angop, Milos Peridis said that Angola and his country are "old friends" and that Serbia wants to continue to "work with Angola in all areas, mainly in agriculture, education, new technologies and information technology.