Lavrov discussed in Angola, the expansion of trade and the upcoming visit of the President of the Russian Federation

LUANDA, March 5. /TASS/. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov on Monday completed his working visit to Angola, which became the first destination in the course of his five-day African tour.

In the Angolan capital, the head of the Russian depodesta was received by President of the Republic, joão Lawrence, held talks with his counterpart Manuel a Domingos Augusto, and examined the plaque erected on the building of the Russian Embassy in Luanda in memory of those who gave their lives for the freedom of Angola.

The meeting discussed the development of Russian-Angolan relations in various fields, including economic and military-technical cooperation, the intensification of political dialogue, preparation for the upcoming high-level visits, and also search of ways of settlement of conflicts in hot spots of the African continent.

Friendship between Moscow and Luanda

The foreign Minister of Angola, opening the talks with Lavrov, expressed his gratitude to the Russian side for its support in the liberation struggle of Angola. In turn, the Russian Minister noted the enduring friendship between Moscow and Luanda. According to him, a strong bond between the two countries was established since the time when Angola fought for independence.

“Our diplomatic relations were established exactly to the day when Angola declared its independence (11 November 1975 – approx. TASS) – reminded Lavrov. We immediately recognized your country in the new, decolonized quality. Much more important is not official, and human relations, where the ties that bind our peoples, inseparable”.

On the strength of relations between Moscow and Luanda, testified and a large number of employees of the local Ministry of foreign Affairs, fluent in Russian language. He learned Russian journalists, many of the representatives of the Angolan depodesta learned the language while training in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Moreover, the high level of the Russian language is noted not only the media, but also the head of the foreign Ministry. At the talks with Lavrov Augusto pointed out the high quality relations of Moscow and Luanda in the field of education. “This is confirmed by the brilliant translation, absolutely no accent, who is your employee today showed us”, he said.

Interest companies

In Angola have been working many Russian companies, including ALROSA and VTB Bank. Moreover, as Lavrov said, more Russian companies are showing interest to gain in Luanda partners and to establish cooperation. “It “KAMAZ”, “Rosneft”, “Zarubezhneft”, “Gazprom Neft”, “Sukhoi Civil aircraft”, Rosatom and many others, – said the Minister. – Our cooperation is developing in the field of mineral resources, outlines good prospects in the oil and gas sector, we have good plans for cooperation in high-tech areas, including space and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”

According to him, the negotiations confirmed that Moscow and Luanda, the same or very similar approaches to international Affairs and a mutual desire to bring economic cooperation to a qualitatively new level. “This will facilitate the first meeting of the intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic cooperation between Russia and Angola, which this year will take place in Moscow, – said Lavrov. – It is gratifying that in the autumn of last year in the CCI [chamber of Commerce] of the Russian Federation held a meeting of businessmen of Russia and Angola”.

In turn, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Angola, stressed the importance of political and economic relations Luanda to Moscow. “There is great potential for the development of our cooperation, – he addressed to the Russian Minister. – Your visit will strengthen the traditional ties of friendship and solidarity between our countries”.

The head of depodesta also said that at this point, “a priority for the government of Angola are programs to diversify the economy”. “Ready to work with Russia to establish strategic partnerships in these areas”, – said the Minister.

Among the promising areas of Russian-Angolan cooperation Augusto allocated Geology and mining, electricity, telecommunications, information technology and fisheries.

For the future

At a joint press conference of foreign Ministers of the two countries we are talking about the future of bilateral relations, the most anticipated breakthrough event that can lead to the President’s visit to Lawrence to Moscow and his meeting with the leader of Russia. Responding to a question, the Russian Minister assured that the summit is being worked out, and recalled that “this invitation was extended to President Vladimir Putin immediately after the election of the President of Angola”. “The terms we will agree on further about it today, agreed,” he said.

As previously reported by TASS, Lawrence came to power in the country through elections in the Parliament on 23 August 2017, at which he acted as the candidate from the ruling party “National movement for the liberation of Angola”. It was voted 61,07% of voters (more than 4 million citizens of the country), so she got 150 out of 220 seats in the National Assembly. According to the Angolan Constitution, the candidate of the party that wins the elections automatically becomes President for a five-year term.