Almost ten years later, an Angolan President returns to Lisbon

The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, begins, Thursday, his first State visit to Portugal, nine years after the last official visit of an Angolan Head of State - José Eduardo dos Santos, in 2009.

The three-day visit, at the invitation of the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, comes after João Lourenço made official trips, during his first year in office, to France and Belgium, as well as South Africa and China.

In addition to the Head of State and the First Lady, Ana Dias Lourenço, the Angolan delegation includes several ministers, with the prospect of signing bilateral agreements.

In Lisbon, the official visit program schedules João Lourenço's meeting with his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and a speech in the National Assembly, in a plenary session, on November 22.

Also in the Portuguese capital, President João Lourenço receives the keys to the city, in a ceremony prepared by the local government, and has planned a passage through the Jerónimos Monastery, in addition to contacts with the Angolan community.

In the city of Porto, João Lourenço will participate in the Portugal-Angola economic seminar, which will bring together businessmen from both countries.

In March, 2009, José Eduardo dos Santos was received in Portugal by then Head of State Cavaco Silva who, a year later, in July, 2010, returned the trip and traveled to Luanda.

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