First Angola-Portugal summit meeting to be held in second half of the year

6 February 2013

The first summit meeting between Angola and Portugal is due to take place in the second half of the year, in Angola, the Foreign Ministers of both countries said Tuesday in Luanda.

At the end of an audience granted by President José Eduardo dos Santos to Portugal’s Foreign Affairs Minister Paulo Portas and his Angolan counterpart Georges Chicoti, the ministers announced the first bilateral summit.

The Portuguese minister added that he had given José Eduardo dos Santos Portugal’s “firm commitment” to boosting two-way relations which he said were “unique and irreplaceable”.

Portas noted the importance of Angola in Portugal by citing two-way trade figures and remittances from Portuguese emigrants in Angola.

“In 2012 Portuguese exports to Angola rose by over 30 percent and that was a significant help for our economic situation, which is difficult but which we will overcome” he said adding that “Angolan exports to Portugal also grew a lot, by two digits, which means that our relationship is mutually beneficial.” (macauhub)