Angola, 8 July 2024. President J. Ramos-Horta’s recent visit to Luanda has resulted in significant diplomatic advances between Timor-Leste and Angola. During his meetings, President Ramos-Horta witnessed the signing of three important legal instruments aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two nations.

The agreements, signed in the presence of President Ramos-Horta and his Angolan counterpart João Lourenço, include a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral political consultations, an accord between diplomatic academies, and a visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and service passports.

President Ramos-Horta’s agenda also featured discussions with President Lourenço and a visit to the António Agostinho Neto Memorial, where he paid homage to Angola’s first President and national hero. Highlighting the importance of Neto’s legacy, Ramos-Horta emphasized the need to study and preserve his ideas for future generations.

The Timorese leader is also scheduled to address the Angolan National Assembly in a special session, further cementing the diplomatic ties between the two Portuguese-speaking nations.

This visit marks a significant step in strengthening the relationship between Timor-Leste and Angola, both members of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP-Portuguese Acronyms), since establishing diplomatic relations in 2002.

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