Angola, Germany establish broad political partnership

09:33, July 14, 2011      

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Angola and Germany decided on Wednesday to establish broad political partnership following talks between Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, President Eduardo dos Santos said the meeting enabled the creation of a bilateral commission to implement the partnership, which will contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations, including cooperation in economy, social areas, science, education, culture and diplomacy.

The Angolan leader briefed the German chancellor on the country's political and economic situation, and stressed that Angola is stable and preparing for the 2012 general elections, the official news agency Angop reported.

Eduardo dos Santos also briefed the German delegation on the national reconstruction process, including the building of new infrastructures of bridges, roads, schools and health centers.

Also on Wednesday, Angela Merkel said at an Angolan-German economic forum in Ludanda that Germany is a fair and feasible economic partnership, based on its benefits and development of both countries and a win-win cooperation. The chancellor said at the forum that there is a great challenge for Angola regarding the development, education, professional training and construction, in which Germany is willing to help as "We have good infrastructures and companies that may help Angola in various sectors". The forum was also attended by Angolan Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. Angela Merkel arrived in Luanda from Kenya on Tuesday night on the second leg of her three-nation African tour which will also takes her to Nigeria. This is the second time that Angela Merkel visited Angola after her visit in 1992 as a parliamentarian as part of a group of observers of the general elections in the African country.

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