DILI, 03 january 2023 – The President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, and his Angolan counterpart, João Lourenço, discussed the opening of Angola’s Embassy in Timor-Leste.
The plan to open Angola’s embassy in Dili was part of a discussion of bilateral ties between the two heads of state, in a meeting at the Royal Tulip Brasilia hotel in Brazil.
“The Angolan Foreign Minister and President Lourenco will visit Timor-Leste in the near future to discuss the opening of the embassy in Dili,” Horta said in Brazil.
He said that located on the Atlantic coast in the southern part of Africa, Angola is the second largest oil producer in Africa. Angola is also one of the biggest diamond and gold producers among other African countries.
Horta said, therefore, the adhesion of Timor-Leste to ASEAN would open the way for the Member States of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) to invest in the ASEAN countries.
He said that several Angolan investors had already invested in China and Singapore, having 20 or 30-story buildings in both countries: “CPLP countries such as Angola, Portugal, and Brazil can export their products to ASEAN countries through Timor-Leste.”
President Horta asked the CPLP investors to invest in Timor-Leste: “I asked Brazil to open a pharmaceutical industry in the country. I also asked Portugal to open textile factories in the country.”
Journalist: Filomeno Martins
Editor: Nelia Borges