FRENCH AMBASSADOR ASSURES CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR ANGOLA’S UNESCO HERITAGE AT MBANZA KONGO

MBANZA KONGO– The French ambassador to Angola, Sylvain Itte, has reiterated his country’s support to Angola for the conservation and preservation of the Mbanza Kongo historic site which has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

Speaking at a ceremony to unveil the Mbanza Kongo plaque announcing it as a Unesco World Heritage Site on the first anniversary of its registration Sunday, the diplomat added that France had mobilized funds to support the project development of this historic site.

M’banza-Kongo, the capital of Angola’s northwestern Zaire Province, was founded before the arrival of the Portuguese in this area 1483 and was the capital of the Kilukeni dynasty ruling at that time. It lies close to Angola’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and sits atop an impressive flat-topped mountain.

Itte highlighted the co-operation between Angola and France in the field of culture and heritage, adding that other agreements would soon be signed to consolidate the traditional and dynamic relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the governor of Kongo Central province from the DRC, Jaques Mbadu Nsitu, who also attended the ceremony, highlighted the fact that the ancient Kongo Kingdom had in the past also covered the territory of part of his country, acknowledging that the present-day DRC and Angola share a common history.

The ceremony for the unveiling of the plaque was officiated by Culture Minister Carolina Cerqueira. Also present were Provincial Governor Jose Joanes Andre, Tourism Minister Maria A�ngela Braganca, Cape Verde Culture Minister AbraAPound o Vicente, the Governor of Lunda Norte, Ernesto Muangala, and the Spanish Ambassador to Angola, Manuel Hernandes.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK