Portuguese PM arrives in ex-colony Angola to mend fences

“There’s lots we can and should do together in terms of the economic ties between our countries which are already strong,” Costa added shortly after arriving, becoming the first Portuguese head of government to visit in seven years.

“Angola has a major challenge to diversify its economy and to increase domestic production, shrinking imports.”

Angola is a key trading partner with Portugal, and the third-largest recipient of its investments.

A key source of friction was removed in May when a Portuguese court decided that Angola’s former vice-president Manuel Vicente can be tried in Luanda, rather than in Portugal, on corruption charges.

Lourenço had demanded that the trial take place in his country “so that relations between Angola and Portugal can return to the level of the recent past”.

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