East Timor to open embassy in Angola

27 February 2012

Luanda, Angola, 27 Feb – East Timor plans soon to open an embassy in Angola as part of its efforts to boost ties between the two countries, the country’s business attaché. Elda Ferreira said Friday in Luanda.

The diplomat told Angolan news agency Angop that opening the embassy would help to “reinstate privileged historical relations,” between the two countries,,” and noted that the Timorese government had accepted that Angola be included in the delegation of observers of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) that would accompany East Timor’s presidential elections on 17 March.

Ferreira said that the Angolan embassy may also be opened in Dili after the legislative elections in East Timor, in June and noted that the two countries had started to build up relations in 1975 when Angola recognised East Timor’s independence.

In response to Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor Angola allowed Timor to open a diplomatic office in Luanda and raised the category of the East Timor Liberation Front’s (Fretilin) representative office to an embassy, whose ambassador was Roque Rodrigues, from 1975 to 1999. The embassy closed in 1999 due to financial difficulties. (macauhub)