Angola invited to open embassy in Norway

Luanda – The Republic of Angola was invited on Wednesday to open its diplomatic representation in Norway with a view to strengthening political and economic relations between the countries.

The information was released by Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

Manuel Augusto was speaking to the press at the end of a meeting the minister of Foreign Affairs Georges Rebelo Chikoti held with Norwegian Foreign Secretary Tone Skogem, who started Tuesday a two-day working visit to Angola.

The official said that the current financial situation of the country embarrasses

the opening of the diplomatic mission, but as soon as the situation improves the opening of the embassy in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, will be a reality to enhance the excellent level of relations.

He recalled that the Nordic country supported Angola in liberation struggle and was one of the first to recognise the country’s independence in 1976.

The Secretary of State considered Norway, despite being discreet, a very reliable and active partner in cooperation, with stress to oil, fisheries and agriculture.

Manuel Augusto welcomed the fact of being part of a development fund in Africa, which includes the Angolan bank BAI and other member countries.

He also guaranteed the country’s support for Norway’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021/2022.

The move comes in return of the assistance the Norway provided to Angola in its election to this important UN body for 2015/2016.

The visit to Angola is part of the implementation of the memorandum of understanding 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 that the Angolan State is working on creation of mechanisms to facilitate the issue of entry visas.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs said Norway is a good example for Angola as it managed to make the oil not only a source of wealth but an element of development.

He added that despite the fall in the price of oil, Norwegian economy remains strong.

In his turn, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Norway said the meetings with local officials served to assess bilateral relations, as well as the regional and international situation.

Tone Skogem described Angola as an important economic partner in Africa.

Source: Angola Press News Agency