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Marcelo says AO/PT relations are "frankly very good" amid applause in the streets of Luanda

The President of the Republic said Friday that relations between Portugal and Angola are "frankly very good" at the bilateral and multilateral levels and was convinced of a new momentum with the entry into force of the mobility agreement.

: Miguel Figueiredo Lopes/Presidência da República portuguesa
Miguel Figueiredo Lopes/Presidência da República portuguesa  

This position was conveyed by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in statements to journalists, after having met this morning with the head of state of Angola, João Lourenço, on the eve of the start of the Summit of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) in Luanda.

"Our relations with Angola are very good in terms of common positions on common issues, both bilaterally and multilaterally before the international community. We also have very good relations in terms of heads of state, government leaders, including ministers of foreign affairs or foreign affairs," said the Portuguese head of state at the end of the meeting with João Lourenço at the Presidential Palace in Angola.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa then referred to the agreement on mobility, which has been pushed by the Portuguese government since 2016 and will be signed on Saturday at the end of the summit.

"The mobility agreement allows CPLP member states to bilaterally go further, or less far. There are countries that have already gone far and can still go further. Then there are countries that will take longer," he indicated.

According to the Portuguese President, in the case of the bilateral relationship between Portugal and Angola, "the steps to be taken will be very positive.

"It is important to bet on the future, namely on the youth. Visas are very important for work, but are very important for students," he noted.

Stroll through the streets of Luanda with applause

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa's passage through the capital has not gone unnoticed. This Friday, the Portuguese President, forced the interruption of traffic and was greeted by dozens of Angolans who accompanied him as he walked through the streets of downtown Luanda.

This was the second walk of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who has been in the Angolan capital for less than 24 hours, to Luanda, where he arrived Thursday night to attend the 13th summit of heads of state and government of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Shortly after 10:00 am, and before being received by his Angolan counterpart, João Lourenço, in the Upper City, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa went down from the hotel where he is installed towards the Mutamba, having had to stop traffic briefly.

Several Angolans joined the Portuguese head of state during his morning walk, stopping to applaud and shout: "this is the president".

"President has to walk in the street," some urged, considering that their host and counterpart should accompany him on the walk.

On Thursday night, the Portuguese President took another walk, for about 40 minutes, highlighting the "very, very nice" atmosphere he found and the closeness of Angolans to Portugal.

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