Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov today begins a working visit to Angola, where he arrived Tuesday evening, to meet with his counterpart, Téte António, and the Angolan President, João Lourenço.
The head of Russian diplomacy, accompanied by his delegation, will meet in the morning with Foreign Minister, Téte António, and then go on to an audience with the Angolan head of state, João Lourenço.
According to the distributed programme, at 12:30, the Russian minister will visit the Dr. António Agostinho Neto Memorial, as well as the tomb of former Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, who died on 8 July last year.
Lavrov will then visit the National Museum of Military History and the Embassy of the Russian Federation, before lunch.
The diplomat will return to Moscow on Thursday morning.
The foreign affairs official’s working visit comes at a time when Angola, after taking a neutral stance on the war in Ukraine, abstaining from voting on a United Nations resolution condemning the Russian invasion in March, in October joined the majority of countries that condemned Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territories.
Angola has been repositioning itself in recent months in terms of foreign policy, moving closer to the United States and the European Union, and distancing itself from Russia.