Angola available to support oil exploration in Sao Tome and Principe

4 July 2014

Angola is completely available to support Sao Tome and Principe in oil exploration in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the president of the Angolan parliament, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos said in Sao Tome.

The president of the Angolan parliament, who was speaking in the Sao Tome parliament, said that, “Angola received the news of the discovery of oil deposits in the territorial waters of Sao Tome and Principe with great satisfaction.”

The discovery of new oil reserves complements the “efforts” of the Sao Tome government to develop the agriculture, fishing and tourism sectors and “in that sense, Angola is entirely at (Sao Tome’s) disposal to share its knowledge and make efforts to assist Sao Tome and Principe,” he noted, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

Dias dos Santos took stock of the 10 years since the two institutions signed a cooperation agreement and concluded that “the political, social and economic dynamic at that time brought with it new experiences, imposed the need to renew this relationship, with a view to enriching it.”

The president of the Angolan Parliament, who currently heads up the Parliamentary Assembly of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), also said that the two countries shared the same challenges, taking into account the role played by parliaments across the globe in resolving conflict, preserving peace and strengthening democracy.

As part of this visit the two parliaments Thursday signed a new parliamentary cooperation protocol to mark a new stage in their relationship. (macauhub/AO/ST)