President Hichilema, Zambia in Angola for State-Visit and AfCFTA cooperation discussion

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Zambia president Hakainde Hichilema arrived recently in Luanda for a 72-hour state visit at the invitation of his Angolan counterpart, João Lourenço.

At the “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport, the statesman was welcomed by minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António.

The Zambian president’s programme included a visit to the Dr. António Agostinho Neto Memorial, where he laid a wreath.

President Hichilema’s agenda included a meeting with host president João Lourenço at the Presidential Palace of “Cidade Alta”.

According to the programme released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mirex), the delegations from both countries will meet and sign various legal instruments, as part of the strengthening of bilateral cooperation.

The agenda includes a speech by President Hichilema’s at the National Assembly in Luanda, in addition to a visit to Benguela province, where he will inspect various Infrastructure projects.

Angola remains a strategic partner with Zambia, the two countries share an extensive border.

A highlight for relations between Angola and Zambia is President João Lourenço’s trip to Zambia in May 2018, during which the two countries signed five bilateral cooperation agreements, totaling 14 legal instruments in various fields.

Among the agreements, the one concerning the exemption of visas in all national passports stands out.

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