The Portuguese Defense Minister, Azeredo Lopes, will visit Angola next week as part of the military cooperation programs between the two countries, and is expected to meet his Angolan counterpart Salvino Sequeira.

According to the local media on Monday, the minister will pay a six-day visit to Angola, starting May 14, in order to learn about all military cooperation programs that take place between the two countries.

The minister’s visit is new page for normalizing the relations between Angola and Portugal, as there are a lot of tensions in the relationship between two countries, due to the probes of corruption that involve the former Angolan vice president, Manuel Vicente, among other Angolan figures, considered “an offense”, by president Joao Lourenco, who also underlined the intention of the Head of State to see the matter resolved in Angola.

Portugal is Angola’s main source of imports and Portuguese companies are very active in banking and construction in the huge African country. In turn, Angolan investors have snapped up large stakes in top Lisbon-listed companies.

Angola is second only to Nigeria as an African oil producer and its rapid growth has given Portuguese firms and workers opportunities to escape severe economic problems at home. Enditem

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