by Leticia Martínez, Granma
The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, called to continue strengthening inter-party relations, “which are the main support for political, diplomatic and economic-commercial relations,” when he received, at the Palace of the Revolution, the Secretary of the Political Bureau for International Relations of the MPLA, Manuel Domingos Augusto, at the Palace of the Revolution.
In the meeting, which took place on December 12, the president pointed out that, “in such complex times as the ones we are living, in which we have to face common challenges, it is very important to share everything that has to do with the functioning of our parties, the political-ideological activity, and the positions before global issues, which allows enriching the work from both sides.”
Accompanied at the meeting by the member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of Organization of the Central Committee, Roberto Morales Ojeda, and the head of its International Relations Department, Emilio Lozada García, the Cuban Head of State stressed the significance of this visit.
It takes place “when we are ending a year in which the relationship between Cuba and Angola has been intensified and projected to a different level.” We have had very intense exchanges of delegations between the two countries, he said, according to the president’s website.
He referred to his visit to Angola, last August, and to the participation of President João Lourenço in the G-77 and China Summit, in Havana, last September, when the Angolan President paid an official visit to the Island. “We have continued to boost relations, especially in the economic-commercial sphere, because in the political and diplomatic sphere the ties are excellent,” he said.
Manuel Domingos Augusto stressed that “the MPLA and the PCC, as leading forces of society, have a specific role to play, above all they should constitute the basis of support for relations between the two governments and States.”
After conveying a special greeting from President Lourenço to the Cuban president, Domingos Augusto referred to the G-77 and China Summit—convened by Cuba within the framework of Cop 28 — “which was a historic event, because there had never been this type of agreement at the Group level; therefore, it is a diplomatic victory for Cuba.”
During his stay on the island, the Angolan leader has met with important political authorities and also signed an Exchange and Cooperation Agreement between the PCC and the MPLA, which will strengthen areas such as the formation and training of cadres and bilateral cooperation in the economic field, according to ACN.