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Angola wants closer cooperation with Portugal

Luanda, ANGOLA, May 18 - The consolidation of cooperation relations between Angola and Portugal is one of the priorities of the new Angolan ambassador to Portugal, Carlos Alberto Saraiva de Carvalho Fonseca. ,

This information was provided to the press Thursday in Luanda by the Angolan diplomat at the end of the inauguration ceremony led by the President of the Republic, Joao Lourenco.


To the ambassador opens a new chapter in the relationship between Angola and Portugal after the "less good climate" lived between the two governments.


Relations between the two countries have soured due to a lawsuit in the Court of Appeal of Lisbon (Portugal) in which the former Angola's vice-president, Manuel Vicente, is accused of corruption.


Due to judicial agreements, the Angolan authorities defended the referral of the case to Luanda, contrary to what was defended by the Portuguese judicial authorities.


In January of this year, President Joao Lourenco stated that relations between Portugal and Angola were very dependent on the resolution of Manuel Vicente's case and classified the attitude of the Portuguese Justice, until then, as "an offense" for the country.


On 10 May, the Lisbon Court of Appeal decided to transfer the case to Angola.


With this step, "a new chapter opens in cooperation between the two states," he said.


Carlos Alberto Fonseca, a career diplomat for 35 years, has already held various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with highlight to the director of the Consular Services and Counselor at the Angolan Embassy in France.


With a degree in international law, he also served as Secretary for Diplomatic Affairs and International Cooperation of the former President of the Republic, Jose Eduardo dos Santos.


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