Angola asks to join Commonwealth

7 June 2018

Angola will apply for membership to the Commonwealth, the community of English-speaking countries, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on his Twitter account.

“It is magnificent that Angola intends to join the Commonwealth family. We welcome President Lourenço’s commitment to reform, to fighting corruption and to upholding human rights. We look forward to seeing you soon in the UK,” Johnson wrote.

In an interview with Euronews on 1 June, President João Lourenço said: “Do not be surprised if we are thinking of asking now to join Francophonie and in a few days we are also asking to join the Commonwealth, given that, “Angola is surrounded not by Portuguese speaking countries, but by Francophone and Anglophone countries.”

Lourenço recalled the case of Mozambique, a member country of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, “which is wedged between Anglophone countries, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa itself, and which ended up joining the Commonwealth.”

Portuguese-speaking Mozambique and Rwanda, a former Belgian colony, are now the only two Commonwealth member countries that were not former colonies of the United Kingdom. (macauhub)