Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:00 - Updated Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:21
Head of State returns home
Luanda - The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, arrived in the country's capital last Thursday evening, after carrying out an official two-day visit to the Vatican, at the invitation of Pope Francis.
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Head of State returns home from official visit to the Vatican.
Photo: Francisco Miúdo
Head of State returns home (l)
Photo: Francisco Miúdo
At the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, the Angolan Head of State, accompanied by First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço, was welcomed back by the Vice President of the Republic, Bornito de Sousa, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and government officials, among other personalities.
During his stay in the Vatican City, João Lourenço held a meeting with Pope Francis, with whom he discussed matters relating to the bilateral co-operation and international issues.
In the end of the meeting, the two leaders exchanged gifts. President João Lourenço offered a painting from the Angolan artist Guizef, while the Pope offered a book on Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours (France) who died in 397 AD.
On the sidelines of the visit, the President of the Republic spoke to the Vatican Radio and had a surprise meeting with the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
In the interview to the Vatican Radio, João Lourenço stressed that the ongoing reforms in the country are irreversible and reaffirmed the need to continue the fight against corruption and nepotism.
The President addressed words of appreciation to Angolans abroad and encouraged their return to the homeland.
João Lourenço also placed a wreath on the grave of the first ambassador of the Kongo kingdom to the Holy See, Dom António Manuel Nvunda.
The Head of State also visited the main monuments of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel in particular. The place is known for hosting the conclave, a process by which a new Pope is chosen.
On the last day of his visit, João Lourenço received in audience the Executive President of ENI, Claudio Descalzi.
The Italian oil company has been present in Angola since 1980 and has a current daily production of 145,000 barrels of oil.
Another gain of this visit is the donation of five million dollars from ENI to the Angolan Ministry of Health for the training of doctors, as well as the signing of a memorandum of understanding between ENI's Executive President, Claudio Descalzi, and representatives of the Angolan Government.
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