Speaker of the National Assembly Visits Japan

Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Angola and the Prime Minister of Japan

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Angola, H. E. Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, visited Japan from 21 to 25 March at the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan, Hon. Tadamori Oshima.

During his stay in Japan, the Speaker of the National Assembly paid a courtesy call to His Majesty Emperor Akihito as well as to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with whom reviewed the state of the bilateral relations, cooperation in the UN Security Council where the two countries are non-permanent members and the participation of Angola at the TICAD VI. The Speaker of the National Assembly took the opportunity to express the solidarity of the Angolan people with all the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the east coast of Japan in March 2011.

The Speaker of the National Assembly met separately with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tadamori Oshima and with the President of the House of Councillors, Hon. Masaaki Yamazaki. The parties discussed ways to strengthen the cooperation between the parliaments of both countries as well as visits by members of the parliament to exchange experiences.

The agenda of the Speaker of the National Assembly also included meetings with the African diplomatic corps in Japan, the Japan-African Union Parliamentary Friendship League, the Japan-Angola Parliamentary Friendship Committee as well as with senior executives of Japanese companies and financial institutions.

After wrapping up the official agenda in Tokyo, the Speaker of the National Assembly went to Hiroshima where he held talks with Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and Mayor Kazumi Matsui. In Hiroshima, the Speaker of the National Assembly paid a visit to the Itsukushima Shrine, toured the Peace Memorial Museum, visited the Peace Memorial Park and laid a wreath in honor of the victims of the atomic bomb.

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