Angola and Madagascar officialized the bilateral cooperation on 18 November at a meeting in Luanda between the Angolan President, João Lourenço, and his Malagasy counterpart, Hery Rajaonarimampianina. The meeting between the two Statesmen was part of a working visit to Angola by the Malagasy President, aimed at strengthening ties of friendship between the peoples of the two countries.
At the end of the closed-door meeting, the Director for Africa and the Middle East of the Angolan Foreign Ministry, Joaquim do Espírito Santo, told the press that the meeting was also an occasion for regular consultations between the two states.
He said that these are consultations within the framework of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union, organizations where both countries are members. Regarding the bilateral relations with Madagascar, Joaquim do Espírito Santo considered them excellent and promising.
He stressed the fact that Madagascar has experience in the field of agriculture, especially in the cultivation of rice. “It is in this field that Angola can create conditions for the exchange and cooperation,” said the Angolan diplomat.
President Hery Rajaonarimampianina left Luanda on 19 November.