Portugal: PM may visit Angola in spring or after elections – Foreign minister

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Lisbon, Mar. 2 (Lusa) – The Portuguese foreign minister, Mr Santos Silva, said on Thursday that the prime minister, António Costa, was prepared to visit Angola in the spring time, but acknowledged that the trip may only take place after the Angolan general elections scheduled for August.

“From the Portuguese point of view, our interest is that the trip takes place. We understand that the political calendar in Angola places some restrictions and so it may make sense that the visit happens in the spring time or afterwards with the new president and a new government”, Mr Santos Silva said.

Portugal is currently waiting for the Angolan authorities to indicate a date following the foreign minister’s visit to the country in February.

Mr Santos Silva said it is “a very important visit because there are important matters on the bilateral agenda “.

In February a visit to Angola by the Portuguese justice minister, Francisca Van Dunem, was postponed indefinitely.

Some days later the Angolan government said the way the Portuguese authorities had disclosed the money laundering and fraud charges against Angola’s vice-president Manuel Vicente, were “unfriendly and unreasonable”.