Angola closes embassy to the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries

The Angolan embassy to the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) in Lisbon is one of eight diplomatic representations that the country plans to close by next November, the Angolan foreign minister said on Monday in Luanda.

The diplomatic representations to be closed are, in addition to the embassy to the CPLP, which will now be covered by the Embassy of Angola in Portugal, the ones in Mexico, Greece and Canada and the consulates in Durban (South Africa), Frankfurt (Germany), California (USA) and Faro (Portugal).

Minister Manuel Augusto, who was speaking on the 7th Consultative Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held on Monday and Tuesday on the theme “the opportunities and challenges of the future,” said the reasons for closing the diplomatic offices was due to constraints caused by the crisis that the country is facing.

Manuel Augusto confirmed the visit of the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, to Portugal in November, to boost existing cooperation, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The minister also mentioned the visit by Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, to Angola scheduled for 17 January, to discuss aspects related to bilateral cooperation, adding that delegations from both countries were preparing in Luanda the dossiers that will be evaluated by the delegations of the two countries. (macauhub)