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Angola says relations with Portugal are excellent

The head of the Angolan diplomacy, Téte António, considered the relations between Angola and Portugal "excellent", devaluing the departure of Portuguese citizens from the African country in recent times.

: Primeiro-ministro português, António Costa, com João Lourenço (Foto: Jornal i)
Primeiro-ministro português, António Costa, com João Lourenço (Foto: Jornal i)  

In an interview with Lusa news agency, the Minister of Foreign Affairs considered that Angola "has always maintained this relationship of brotherhood" with Portugal, as with the other member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

"We believe in the freedom of our citizens and their specific statutes, as the business world also has the freedom to judge where it wants to develop its activity," he said.

According to Téte António, who was speaking to Lusa on the occasion of the XIIX summit of heads of state and government of the CPLP, which Angola hosts between July 12 and 17, the movement of citizens of the community is another sign of the need to implement the mobility agreement.

"These back and forth movements of Angolans to there or Portuguese citizens to Angola, or Guinean citizens to Angola and vice versa, I think it is a permanent indicator that we circulate, hence mobility [comes] exactly to facilitate this movement that exists between the two peoples," he stressed.

Asked to comment on the situation in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, and the support of the Lusophone community, Téte António said that the summit will be another stage to show solidarity of the member states, because the situation affects everyone.

"Each of us, bilaterally or multilaterally, as is the case of Angola which is part of SADC [Southern African Development Community] have been making our efforts so that our region, which is SADC, helps this sister republic, which is in this situation. The political will exists and it is a fact that has always existed among us", he assured.

The 13th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP, which marks the passage of the rotating presidency of this community of countries from Cape Verde to Angola, will take place in a face-to-face format.

Created 25 years ago, the CPLP currently has nine member states: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor and Equatorial Guinea - whose accession in 2014 created controversy.