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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa thanks Angolans for their kindness after a night tour in Luanda

The Portuguese President said this Thursday, at the end of a night tour of Luanda, that he felt the same “very friendly” feeling of closeness on the part of the Angolans he met, upon arrival in the country.

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"I found exactly the same atmosphere as in 2019 and 2018", dates from the previous visits to the country, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who arrived in Luanda on Thursday to participate in the XIII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP.

It was a "40-minute ride", in a "very, very friendly atmosphere", explained Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who highlighted the proximity of the Angolans to Portugal.

"Young Angolans know everything that goes on in Portugal," said the head of state.

Before the statements to journalists, soon after arriving at the hotel, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa walked several streets in Luanda, reaching the capital's marginal.

Accompanied by the Portuguese ambassador in Luanda, Pedro Pessoa e Costa, with whom he spoke about his memories of Angola, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa insisted on stopping to see the sea.

"Let me see water, I can't dive, but I can see," the Portuguese head of state told the diplomat, interrupting a walk at a running pace for a moment.

On his return to the hotel, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa heard comments from Angolans in the streets, some of them drivers of cars forced to stop by the Angolan authorities so that the small delegation could pass.

"President Marcelo, I'm a big fan of yours," said one of the young people, greeted by the Portuguese head of state.

Moments later, already at the hotel, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa promised that he would repeat this tour while he stayed in the capital.