Nkoana-Mashabane holds talks in Angola

Friday, May 15, 2009

Angola - A senior government delegation has on Friday arrived in Angola to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is expected to have talks with her Angolan counterpart as well as pay a courtesy visit to Angolan President Jose EduardoDos Santos.

"As a new minister, it was important for her to visit senior Angolan government officials including the President as a way of strengthening relations," departmental spokesman Nomfanelo Kota told BuaNews.

South Africa and Angola enjoy strategic political, economic and trade relations in the form of the South Africa-Angola Joint Commission held at ministerial level.

The focus of the commission is to strengthen and consolidate bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries including the post-war reconstruction and development of Angola.

Relations between South Africa and Angola were fashioned during the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggles, the department said in a statement.

"These relations were transformed into state-to-state relations following the dawn of peace, democracy and justice in South Africa in 1994".