Díaz-Canel celebrates peace reigning in Angola

LUANDA, Angola.— Upon his arrival to this capital city for the inauguration of recently elected President Joao Lourenço, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez described the country's development as incredible, saying that this was indicative of how much peace was needed.

The First Vice President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers was received at the airport by Cándido Pereira van Dunem, minister of Former Combatants.

After expressing his impression of how beautiful Luanda appeared at night from the air, he thanked his hosts for the invitation, in the name of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, as well. He explained that the intense pace of work underway to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Irma prevented the Cuban President from attending the inauguration.

Van Dunem, for his part, said that Díaz-Canel should feel at home, while reaffirming the country's desire to further expand relations with Cuba.

Díaz-Canel arrived yesterday, September 25, at 9:00 pm local time, and will stay through Thursday. He is among dignitaries invited to attend the ceremony during which José Eduardo dos Santos will transfer the Presidency to Lourenço, who won the August 23 elections with 61% of the vote.

Díaz-Canel will pay tribute to the country's first President and founding father of Angola, Antonio Agostinho Neto; to Cuban Comandante Raúl Díaz Argüelles (killed here by a mine in 1975); and the heroes of the Battle of Kifangondo, which took place one day before the country declared its independence, November 11, 1975.

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Angola Regains African Leadership in Oil Production

Angola has regained the African leadership in oil production, according to a report by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) the press highlights today.

According to OPEC's monthly production bulletin, Angola produced in January about 1,615,000 barrels, a daily decrease of 24,000, against 1,604,000 that Nigeria pumped, whose levels were reduced in 233,700 barrels a day.

Angola produced in 2016 about 1,708,000 barrels a day, a figure exceeding the level the country previously reached in the continent, which attracted 1,447,000 barrels a day, Jornal de Angola newspaper, with the largest distribution on the country, stated.

The decline in the oil production in Nigeria is linked to attacks to production facilities and pipelines by terrorist groups.

The Angolan sales to the Chinese market grew by 18 percent during the first seven months of 2016, to 923,200 barrels of oil a day, placing it third among suppliers, followed by Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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Angolan Party MPLA Announces Politic Bureau Composition

The ruling Angola''s Popular Liberation Movement (MPLA) will today announce the composition of its politic bureau and secretariat in keeping with the country''s statutes, after holding its Seventh Ordinary Congress last week.

Organizers report that those taking part, besides the president of the party, are: members of the bureau of the vice president, the general secretary, the coordinator of the Commission of Discipline and Auditing of the Central Committee, the head of the parliamentary group, the first national secretary of the Youth of MPLA (JMPLA) and the general secretary of the Organization of Angolan Women (OAW).

According to the statutes, the politic bureau may have a number of members corresponding to 15 percent of the central committee. The percentage amounts to 54 members, who are proposed by the party's president; the president also chooses the vice president and general secretary.

With his re-election as leader of the MPLA, Dos Santos will be the candidate of his political party for the elections in 2017.

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Angola: Health Sector Seen As Priority in Relations With Cuba

The health sector is one of the priority areas of cooperation between Angola and Cuba, announced on Tuesday in Luanda, the Angolan Health minister, José Van-Dunem.

The minister said so at the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Angola and Cuba, which is being displayed at Anibal de Melo Press Centre in October.

According to him, after the fulfillment of United Nations Resolution 435, which forced the withdrawal of Cuban citizens in Angola, the health sector continued to count on the collaboration of experts from the Caribbean island.

He said that thanks to the increased cooperation in the health field, where Cuba assists the staff training, Angola has experts in several areas.

The minister stressed that the Cuban specialists have helped Angola in the opening of technical schools in the country.

Bento Sebastião Bento said that Cuba has always been next to Angola in the most difficult moments.

"Today we have the collaboration of Cuba in the economic, health, education sectors, among others, where the Cubans are good specialists", he said.

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Book on Last Cuban Battle in Angola in Cuba´s Fair

The presentation of the book Cuatrocientos noventa y tres días en Cuito Cuanavale, as part of the 24th International Book Fair Cuba 2015 became a tour through the exploits of Angolan liberation and the support of Cuban forces to that struggle.

With the assistance of protagonists of the historic battle, the presentation of the title took place at Nicolás Guillén Hall of San Carlos de La Cabaña Fortress, headquarters of the reading festival on the island.

Published by Verde Olivo Editorial, the volume was written by Venancio Avila Guerrero and Eduardo Tauriñán Yáñez, Chief and Deputy Chief of 71st Tactical Group who participated in that battle, and that victory meant a decisive step towards the final liberation of Angola and Namibia, and the end of Apartheid in South Africa.

According to the authors, it is a historiographical material of extraordinary value, which collects everything that happened in the Angolan Southeast from January 17 to June 3, 1989 in that region.

During the presentation, Ávila Guerrero narrated passages of the struggle which had the support of many young people, as well as the precise direction of the high command of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.

As for the research to shape the material, he highlighted the testimonies of more than 70 participants in the battle, from all positions and military posts, and consultation of valuable bibliographical sources including declassified texts of enemy officers.

The book, with seven chapters in chronological order of the events, also recreates abundant pictures, sketches of the battles and annexes that complement the information about the combat.

Other releases of Verde Olivo Publishing house will happen in this Fair, dedicated to Cuban intellectuals Olga Portuondo and Leonardo Acosta, and with the participation of India as Guest of Honor.

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Angola Reiterates U.S. Must Lift its Blockade Against Cuba

Angola has reiterated the necessity to end the over 50-year-old U.S. economic, trade and financial blockade on Cuba.
Angolan Foreign Minister, Georges Chikoti, highlighted his country's position during a meeting with Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita González, who is in Luanda on a working visit.
According to a Prensa Latina report, Chikoti said “we disagree with this (blockade) policy and we will discuss this topic in the United Nations General Assembly,”
Chikoti and the Cuban official reviewed cooperation agreements and identified some other areas of interest in which both countries could collaborate.

González confirmed Cuba's support for Luanda's candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, from 2015 to 2016. “We are confident Angola will play an important role in the defense of multilateral ideas and the interests of the Third World,” the Cuban visitor said.

The Cuban deputy foreign minister also met with Roberto de Almeida, Vice President of Angola's ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

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Angolan President Starts Official Visit to Cuba

The Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, is paying since Tuesday an official visit to Havana, capital of Cuba, aimed to reinforce the relations of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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