Angola has taken a step nearer a co-operation agreement with the West by sending a delegation to the European Economic Community headquarters in Brussels.
Angola has taken a step nearer a co-operation agreement with the West by sending a delegation to the European Economic Community headquarters in Brussels. The first indications of Angolan interest in establishing ties with Common Market countries came last month, after a visit to Luanda by Belgian Foreign Minister Henri Simonet. On his return to belgium, Monsieur Simonet reported his clear impression that Angolan President Agostinho Neto was seeking western help in order to reduce dependence on Cuba and the east European bloc.
SYNOPSIS: The Angolan delegation arrived at the EEC headquarters in Brussels last Friday (October 13) for a visit described as strictly "technical and informative". The Angolans, led by the Minister of Industry and Energy, Major A. Bento Ribiero, were welcomed by the European Commissioner for Development Aid, Monsieur Claude Cheysson. No official negotiations have yet begun between the Community and Angola and Monsieur Simonet was reported to have warned President Neto that ties would be difficult, until Angola had established good relations with all member countries. But Angola has asked Belgium to help arrange accreditation of an ambassador to the Common Market.
The Angolans also spoke to Dr. Guide Brunner, the Commissioner for Energy, Research and Science Education. Angola is said to be interested in joining the western trading system through the Lome convention when it is renewed in 1980, and in obtaining private western investment.