Chilean president visits Angola and Mozambique to strengthen bilateral ties

12 August 2014

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived in Luanda on Monday for a 24-hour visit to Angola, following a visit to Mozambique where she re-launched the bilateral memorandum of understanding signed six years ago.

In Luanda Bachelet is expected to review with Angolan authorities the main areas where Chile aims to cooperate with Angola. Chile’s recently appointed ambassador in Angola, Gabriel Zepeda, mentioned agriculture, technology interchange and mining.

Zepeda explained that the opening of a Chilean diplomatic mission in Angola was on the agenda of President Bachelet’s visit and that the matter would be discussed with her Angolan counterpart.

In Maputo the governments of Mozambique and Chile re-launched the memorandum of understanding signed six years ago and will strengthen cooperation in the areas of fisheries, health, women, social action, mineral resources and energy.

Bachelet arrived in Maputo on Sunday, where she met with the community of nearly a hundred Chileans resident in Mozambique, placed a wreath at the Heroes Monument and visited Mavalane Central Hospital before meeting with her Mozambican counterpart, Armando Guebuza.

Her visit to Mozambique was the first by a Chilean head of state. The trip had previously taken her to South Africa; from Mozambique she flew to Angola. (macauhub/AO/MZ)