Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel awarded Angolan order Agostinho Neto

The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and the president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, were decorated with the Order Agostinho Neto, highest distinction given by the government of Angola, local media reported today.

This recognition was given by president of Angola, Joao Lourenço, at the Palace of the Revolution in this capital.

The Agostinho Neto Order was also granted the day before to the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Leopoldo Cintra, to the General of the Army Corps, Ramón Espinosa and post-mortem to the Brigadier General-Commander Raúl Díaz-Argüelles.

Raúl Castro -TV news program Buenos Días said- awarded the José Martí order to the president of Angola, Joao Lourenço, for his merits and value.

The distinction -highest awarded by the Cuban Council of State- was imposed on the African dignitary in the presence of his counterpart from the Caribbean island, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

'Cuba has been honored with his friendship since the difficult years of the war in Angola,' said the text released during the ceremony.

'We have received constant samples of his gratitude and affection towards our country and its historical leaders, which we will always appreciate,' he said.

The indestructible and excellent relationship between Angola and Cuba -continues the text- constitutes a paradigm of fraternal solidarity between two sister nations united by historical bonds of friendship, affection and mutual respect, forged from the very beginning with the Cuban nation and in the heat of the fighting for Angola's independence.

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President of Angola Begins Official Visit to Cuba

Official sources have reportedly announced that President Joao Lourenco of Angola is beginning an official visit to Cuba this Sunday with the aim of strengthening bilateral cooperation and friendly relations between the two nations. The visit program announced by the Angolan presidency begins on Monday, July 1, with a tribute to the country''s founding father and President, Agostinho Neto, at the Park of African Founders in Havana. Lourenco will also pay tribute to the Cuban combatants killed in Angola and will give a master lecture at the University of Havana.

He is also scheduled to meet with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and sign several agreements in various sectors.

According to information from the Civil House, the African statesman will visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, a world reference in research for vaccines against cancer and others.

He will also visit the Mariel Special Development Zone, some 60 kilometers west of Havana, and meet Angolan students in Cuba.

Cuba and Angola have been working together for 40 years in sectors such as health, construction, education, science and technology, agriculture, defense and others.

Official figures show that more than 800 Cuban health specialists and 1,137 education workers are working in Angola. Currently, 2,180 Angolan students are being trained in Cuba, and so far, tha Caribbean nation has graduated 7,995 Angolan professionals.

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Cuba, Angola pledge to deepen political, economic ties

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and visiting Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto pledged here on Thursday to strengthen bilateral political and economic relations.

According to a government release published by the Cuban News Agency, during the "fraternal" meeting, Diaz-Canel and Augusto highlighted the excellent state of the historical bilateral relations.

The Cuban president and the Angolan foreign minister also discussed various international issues of mutual interest for Havana and Luanda.

Earlier Thursday, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also met with Augusto and they recalled bilateral cooperations in fields such as health, construction, education, science and technology, agriculture and defense between the two countries.

"We are pleased with the excellent state of bilateral relations and the will to strengthen them, because Cuba attaches vital importance to its historical ties with Angola, in particular, and Africa in general," said the top Cuban diplomat.

For his part, Augusto highlighted the importance of Cuban's contribution to the independence of his country, as well as support for social and economic development programs.

"This visit reaffirms the solidarity and gratitude of Angola towards Cuba, especially in times of aggression and blockades that seek to limit the island's capacity for development," said Augusto.

Augusto also announced the visit to Cuba later this month of Angolan President Joao Lourenco, when the two countries will sign important legal and commercial agreements to strengthen ties.

Currently, over 2,000 advisors from the Caribbean island work in the African country, mainly in the fields of education, health and construction, while almost 3,000 young Angolans study in Cuban universities.

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Angola: Foreign Minister Visits Cuba

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto, left Monday afternoon for Havana, Cuba, for a three-day official visit, ANGOP has learnt.

According to a note issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Manuel Augusto is in the Caribbean country to prepare an official visit to made by the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, to the Central American Island, in the framework of the strengthening of the bilateral ties of friendship and co-operation.

In this ambit, the Angolan Foreign minister will visit on Wednesday morning the "Africa House Museum" in Havana, and in the afternoon he will hold a meeting with the Cuban minister of External Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz.

On Thursday morning Manuel Augusto will attend a meeting with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, but before that he is to place a wreath on the tomb of the national hero José Marti, in the Revolution Square.

During his stay in Cuba, the Angolan Foreign minister will also have work meetings with other Cuban Government officials.

Manuel Augusto's trip to the Caribbean Island happens just over a month after the Vice President of Cuba's Council of Ministers made an official three-day visit to Angola (15 to 18 April).

The historical relationship between Angola and Cuba covers various areas, with highlight on military, defence, security, health, education, oil and industry domains.

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Poverty Strikes Three Out of Four Children in Angola

Poverty now hits three out of four Angolan children, according to a study based on National Statistics Institute's multiple health indicators 2015-2016.

The study The Angolan Child: A Multidimensional Analysis of Child Poverty shows 74 per cent of children under 18 is poor because they suffer from three to seven deprivations, which include nutrition, health, child protection, malaria prevention (the main cause of death here), education and access to water and sanitation.

Only one percent of the infants included in the research do not have deprivations.

The study quantified poverty in that age group using the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) system, developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

There is also an influence on poverty when living in urban or rural areas, since while in cities it affects 62 percent of children, in the countryside the proportion reaches 96 percent.

Regarding provinces, Cunene (in the south) and Cuanza Sur (in the center) have high rates, 93 and 90 percent, respectively, while Luanda (the capital) and Cabinda (the only one separated territorially from the rest of the country) have the lowest with 54 and 56 percent, respectively.

The sample included 41,647 children from all over the country.

Unicef's representative in Angola, Abubacar Sultam, called for more government and other civil society actors' efforts to benefit parents or guardians of these children and adolescents to change their situation.

According to the 2014 population and housing census, 13,791,482 people under age 18 live in the country.

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Over 100 fellows complete training in Cuba

These are young graduates in Geology, General Medicine, Stomatology, Accounting and Finance, Telecommunications, Biology, Economics, Psychology, Computing, Mechanics, Agronomy, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Engineering, Chemistry, Mining, Hydraulics, Sociology and Veterinary Medicine in the universities of Santiago, Moa, Holguin, Pinar del Rio, Mayabeque, Havana, High Science, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Sancti Spiritus and Camaguey.

The Angolan student leader, José Maria Boyot, told Angop on Monday that a farewell gala is planned at Cojimar University in Havana on Friday, where finalists will receive a banner that certifies them formally that are qualified staff.

In 2017, 254 Angolan scholars graduates in Cuba returned to the country, after a training process in various specialties.

Cuba continues to be one of the main choices of the government for the massive training of cadres, by the way the largest community of foreign students in that Caribbean country, that will reinforce those already existing in the development of the country.

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Angolan president congratulates new President of Cuba

Angolan President Joao Lourenco on Thursday sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected president of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel.

According to a note from the Civil House of the President of the Republic sent to the press, Angolans have a rich history of friendship, cooperation and reciprocal solidarity with Cuba.

In the message, Joao Lourenco also thanks Cuba for having unconditionally supported Angola "at the most tragic moment in its history when its own sovereignty and independence were in threat".

Angola and Cuba established diplomatic relations on November 15, 1975, four days after Angola's independence.

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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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