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Wen Jiabao Arrives in Luanda, Kicking off an Official Visit to Angola

On June 20, 2006, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council arrived in Luanda, capital of Angola, kicking off his official visit to the African country at the invitation of Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.

At 12:00, local time, Wen's special plane arrived at Luanda International Airport. Angolan Prime Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos welcomed the Chinese Premier in front of the cabinet ladder. In his written speech delivered at the airport, Wen said that Angola is a country of important influence in Africa and a country of great potential. In recent years, the Angolan government and people have been committed to consolidating internal peace, promoting national reconciliation and developing the economy and have made outstanding achievements in the reconstruction process. The Chinese side was delighted with these achievements and expressed the wish that Angola will continue to make new achievements on its path to development.

Wen said that despite numerous mountains and rivers keeping the two countries apart, both peoples share a profound traditional friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 23 years ago, bilateral relations have been developing steadily with mutual political trust growing continuously and both sides have offered mutual support in international affairs and conducted effective cooperation in all areas. The development of bilateral relations conforms to the fundamental interests of the two countries and their people.

Wen noted that his current visit is aimed to enhance friendship and push forward cooperation between China and Angola in all fields. During the visit, he will exchange extensive views with the Angolan leaders on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest. He also expressed the confidence that China-Angola relations will have an even brighter future with the joint efforts of both sides.

Chinese Ambassador to Angola Zhang Beisan and the staff of the Embassy also greeted Wen at the airport.

Angola is the fourth leg of Wen's seven-nation African tour, which has already taken him to Egypt, Ghana and the Republic of the Congo. He will also visit South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

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