LUANDA, Angola has been invited to open a diplomatic mission in Norway with a view to strengthening political and economic relations between the two countries, says Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Manuel Augusto.

Speaking to the media after attending a meeting here Wednesday between Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Chikoti and the visiting Norwegian Foreign Secretary, Tone Skogem, he added Angola’s current financial situation did not allow this but as soon as the situation improved, the opening of the embassy in Oslo would be a reality.

He recalled that the Nordic country had supported Angola’s liberation fighters in their struggle for independence and was one of the first countries to recognize Angola’s independence in 1976.

He considered Norway, despite being discreet, a very reliable and active partner in co-operation, especially with regards to the oil, fisheries and agriculture sectors.

He said Angola would support Norway’s candidacy for a seat on the United nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for the 2021-2022 period in view of the assistance which Norway provided to Angola in its election to this important UN body for the 2015-2016 term.

Skogem’s visit to Angola is part of the implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on political consultations signed last year during the visit of the Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti to Norway.

On the Norway’s interest to invest in the development of tourism in Angola, Manuel Augusto said Angola is working on creating the mechanisms to facilitate the issue of entry visas.

The Secretary of State also said Norway provided a good example for Angola to follow as it had managed to make its oil resources not only a source of wealth but an element of development. Today, despite the fall in the price of oil, the Norwegian economy remains strong.

Skogem said the meetings held with local officials since here arrival here Tuesday for a two-day visit had enabled her to review bilateral relations, as well as the regional and international situation. She described Angola as an important economic partner for Norway in Africa.