Angola, Portugal strengthen cooperation in defence field

Lisbon – Angolan minister Salviano de Jesus Sequeira has been in Portugal since Sunday at the invitation of his counterpart JoAPound o Gomes Gravinho, as part of the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the countries.

The Angolan official is discussing various topics, with stress to the opportunities for partnership in defence industry and participation of both countries in international missions.

On Monday, Salviano de Jesus Sequeira visited the largest military defence complex called Forte de SAPound o JuliAPound o da Barra (SAPound o JuliAPound o da Barra Fort), located in Oeiras (Portugal).

In his four-day visit, the Angolan minister is also expected to visit the Cyber Defence Center, Lisbon Naval Base.

The delegation is being accompanied by the Angolan ambassador to Portugal, Carlos Alberto Fonseca.

Angola and Portugal established diplomatic relations on 9 March, 1976.

Portugal is Angola’s main trading partner, with a strong presence in the construction, banking, food and beverage export sectors.

The establishment of diplomatic ties was preceded by the opening by Portugal of its Consulate General in Luanda in January 1976.

In March 1977, the Portuguese ambassador, JoAPound o Sa Coutinho, presented his credentials to the former and first Angolan President, Antonio Agostinho Neto.

Angola is one of the leading investors in Portugal, with activities ranging from energy to telecommunications and banking.

Source: Angola Press News Agency