HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 1 (ACN) João Manuel Gonçalves, President of the Republic of Angola, arrived in this capital in the afternoon of this Sunday on the occasion of an official visit in which he will meet with the highest authorities of the Island, among other activities.
At the international airport José Martí he was received by Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
During his stay on the island, the Angolan leader will visit the Parque de los Próceres, where he will place a floral offering to Agostinho Neto, first President of Angola, and president of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
He is also expected to pay tribute to Cuban National Hero José Martí in the memorial that bears his name in this capital, after which he will be received at the Revolution Palace to hold conversations with senior Cuban authorities.
He will also give a keynote speech at the University of Havana's Aula Magna, and on Tuesday he will visit the Mariel Special Development Zone, a center of great economic relevance for the island.
Another stop on his agenda will be the Latin American School of Medicine, a center that annually graduates health professionals from various countries and is an example of the cooperation promoted by Cuba.
Havana and Luanda have maintained diplomatic relations since November 1975, ties based on mutual respect between the two governments, which have allowed collaboration to prevail ever since.
Cuba and Africa, especially Angola, share a long history of struggle for freedom and the rights of peoples, as evidenced by the help given by Cuba in its fight against the South African invaders.
Likewise, the Island is grateful for the position adopted by Angola rejecting the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Havana.