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Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:33 - Updated Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:33

Sectors opposed to Angolan investment criticised


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Lisbon – Angolan ambassador to Portugal, José Marcos Barrica, on Friday severely criticised, in Lisbon, "small sectors" of the Portuguese society opposed to Angolan investment in Portugal, urging for its smothering.

Speaking to the Angolan press on the sidelines of the release of a special magazine on the 10 years of peace in Angola, Marcos Barrica appealed to combat "these small corporate segments, with a spirit of nostalgia or pure dislike, think they should continue to curse and to invent false facts about the institutions and the leaders of Angola".

“Taking advantage of the existing good relations, the two countries should smother these small groups, so as not to disturb the harmony and healthy sociability between Angolans and Portuguese”, the head of the Angolan diplomacy advised.

On the predictability of the relations with Portugal in the next five to 10 years, Marcos Barrica is committed to a continued consolidation "of what is positive between the two countries and peoples," having noted that "the bonds are historic and compelling, and we are in a good moment that should be preserved".

Regarding the Angolan investment in Portugal, he considered it as relatively deficient compared to the Portuguese in Angola, but said that "the quality is better than the volume of investment", having added that "the Angolan intervention in Portugal focuses on vital areas
such as banking, which is very important in the standpoint of the economic and financial strategy".