Angola and Japan discussed on Tuesday matters related to the strengthening of cooperation in various fields during an audience that the Speaker of the Parliament, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, granted to Ken Shimanouchi, special envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Speaking to the press, Ken Shimanouchi said that during meeting it was discussed matters related to the visit to Japan by the Speaker of the Angolan Parliament late this month.
Ken Shimanouchi added that this is a meaningful visit, as it will happen in the year that marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Angola and Japan.
Ken Shimanouchi stressed that the visit to Japan by the Speaker of the Angolan Parliament will boost the existing relations between the two countries. Diplomatic ties between the two countries date back to 1976, while the exchange of high level visits did not start until late 1980s.
In 2001 the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, made an official visit to Japan.