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PR: "We must establish a closer relationship between our African countries and our diaspora"

The creation of a closer relationship between African countries and the African-American community was defended, this Monday, by João Lourenço, who is in the United States of America fulfilling a work program.

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Speaking at the end of a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the head of state said he was moved by what he saw at the museum and advocated more proximity between African countries and their diaspora.

"The suffering that our brothers went through in the time of slavery touches us deeply. For this reason, we have to establish a closer relationship between our African countries and our diaspora, part of which is here in the United States of America," he said.

Cited by Angop, the President said he invited the Tucker family to visit Angola and thus share their experience with the National Archives, universities and the community.

"Today it is this family, tomorrow it will be another one, in order to maintain the connection with their origins, with the African continent," he said.

According to Angop, the Tucker family is of African descent and lives in Virginia, USA. On Monday, the family, which was talking to the head of state at the museum before the visit, owns the William Tucker 1624 Society, which does research on William Tucker and his descendants.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in 2016 and its collection portrays aspects connected to African Americans, such as arts, slavery, among others.

For this Tuesday, João Lourenço's agenda includes separate meetings at the Capitol with the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Representatives, Congressman Gregory Meeks, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez. In the afternoon, the head of state will give an interview to the Washington Post, writes Jornal de Angola.

On Wednesday, João Lourenço travels to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

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