Angola’s Ambassador seeks to revitalise relationship

The Angolan Ambassador to Ghana, Admiral Augusto Da Silva Cuhna has said his country and Ghana are currently in talks to revitalise bilateral relations to encompass more areas of interest for both countries.

“There will be renegotiation of the general agreement on economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation and political consultations between the two foreign affairs ministries and by so doing revitalise the joint bilateral committee leading to multiple advantages to both countries,”he said.

Speaking at the 42nd independence anniversary celebrations, which came off at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra, Admiral Cuhna added that Angola, within the next five years, intends to cooperate with Ghana to continue the negotiations of pending agreements in sectors such as fisheries and higher education.

“To still underscore the growth in negotiations in the private sector, there is the establishment of a chamber of commerce and industry between Angola and Ghana, within a short time, with noticeable visits of business delegations from both countries to both countries for bilateral economic negotiations,”he added.

He noted that bilateral cooperation is based on the principles of the relation of mutual trust and reciprocity of advantages.

The celebration

Angolans from all walks of life in Ghana were in full force as they celebrated their independence anniversary.  The Golden Tulip Hotel was beautifully decorated with miniature Angola National Flag and the audience including Ghanaians were treated to harmonious Angolan tunes and patriotic songs.

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Ambassador Cuhna, noted that the presence of the ambassador of the Republic of Angola in Ghana, is a testimony of the vision of the Angolan Government to continue the friendly relations that bind the two countries, which date back to the 60s when Ghana provided the necessary assistance for the realization of the ideals of liberation for Angola’s independence.

He also indicated that Angola has been enjoying a peaceful and stable environment since April 2002, which has translated into the sudden growth that the country has been experiencing in the last 15 years.

The occasion was graced by diplomats from various African countries, the business community, and the media. A group of Angolan young men and women entertained guests at the celebration with the Semba, Kizomba and Kuduro dances.

Significance of celebration

Ambassador Cuhna said: “the declaration of Angolan independence which was proclaimed by the first President of Angola, Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto, on the 11th of November, 1975, was the most important moment in the lives of the Angolans.”

He continued that the importance of this occasion lies in the pride of being the day on which we won our freedom and the right to chart the course of our destiny as a sovereign nation after 500 years of Portuguese colonization and 14 years of armed struggle for the national independence.

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