Subject: Angola, East Timor committed to strengthening cooperation

Angola Press

5/2/09 4:53 PM

Angola, East Timor committed to strengthening cooperation

Luanda - The speakers of Angola and East Timor&'s Parliaments, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and Fernando da Sama de Ara˙jo, respectively expressed on Saturday in Luanda, the wish to strengthen the bilateral social, economic and political cooperation.

It was expressed by the two officials during a meeting between the parliamentary delegations of the two Portuguese-speaking countries, meant to exchange information on the functioning of each legislative body.

The Asian nation's parliamentary delegation, headed by its speaker, Fernando de Ara˙jo, arrived on Friday in Luanda for a two-day visit, aimed at increasing the bilateral cooperation.

"We are aware that the exchange of experiences between the two Parliaments in various sectors will boost not only the sociability, but above all the basis for a deeper work", said Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

He wished that the two Parliaments deepen the basis for a closer relation, focused on initiatives that provide the strengthening of cooperation and friendship between the two people.

The speaker of Angolan Parliament said that amid the world financial and economic crisis, the legislative body will boost the functioning of its structures and reinforce the capacity of the deputies so that the supervision and follow up of the activities of the government develop in order to guarantee good governance and transparency.

In his turn, the speaker of East Timor's Parliament asked for Angola's institutional support in the fields of oil, defence and security, as well as the dissemination of knowledge of the Portuguese language. He also invited his Angolan counterpart to visit the Asian country, yet this year.

The meeting, preceded by a session between the two officials, was attended by the heads of Parliamentary benches, work commissions of the National Assembly and female parliamentary group.

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