South African President Envisages More Proficuous Co-Operation With Angola
The South African President, Jacob Zuma, last Tuesday in Luanda said that his country and Angola already have 33 co-operation agreements, but stressed that the two states must continue to work for their effective materialisation.
According to the statesman - who gave a press conference at Luanda's 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, before departing, after a two-day work visit to Angola - it is necessary such materialisation of the relations, for the welfare of both peoples'.
Angola and South Africa have excellent co-operation relations in several domains and at the level of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
Jacob Zuma revealed that during his stay it was possible to debate aspects of bilateral interest, which include the analysis of existing agreements, reason why he deemed this visit very positive.
He went on to explain that he discussed with the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo do Santos, several matters of bilateral interest and others with international relevance.
He also revealed that the two statesmen equally analysed aspects relating to the co-operation between the ANC (South Africa's ruling party) and the MPLA (Angola's ruling party), considering the decades-long friendship and common historical background, which date back to the time of the struggle against apartheid is South Africa.
According to the South African President the good relations between the two ruling parties will be reinforced by the two countries' governments, so the Foreign Ministries of the two states are to continue the work of identifying new co-operation areas.
The two statesmen also discussed the situation in Burundi, DR Congo, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, and other countries, as well as the need to develop joint efforts to fight terrorism.
To guarantee the keeping of peace in the Great Lakes Region, Jacob Zuma manifested his willingness to see the implementation, as fast as possible, the Tripartite Agreement signed by South Africa, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, aiming for effective peace in the region.
The Angola/China Co-operation Forum (FOCAC), set to happen in December, in South Africa, was equally discussed by the two statesmen.
Jacob Zuma returned to his country last Tuesday afternoon.