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HARARE, Feb 21– The Director of the Africa, Middle East and International Organizations Department of Angola’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joaquim do Espírito Santo, and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Taonga Mushayavanhu, have signed the minutes of their meeting here this week which will guide the future direction of co-operation between the two countries.

The co-operation will be institutionalised later this year during the 2nd Angola-Zimbabwe Bilateral Commission meeting to be held in Angola, it was decided at the three-day meeting here which enabled more than 50 Angolan experts from different ministries to discuss with their Zimbabwean counterparts on the platform for institutionalised relations between the two countries.

The discussion were aimed at strengthening and possibly rectifying some of the understandings which had been achieved at the first Bilateral Commission Meeting held in 1992.

The experts from the two countries also considered matters relating to politics and diplomacy, and co-operation between the Ministries of Former Combatants and War Veterans on the creation of a sovereign fund which will be operated through the Ministries of Finance, Industry and Trade.

The participants also analysed the promotion and development of women, investments in small and medium-sized enterprises, in mining, oil, energy, justice, agriculture, fisheries, education and higher education.

The experts also focused on possibility to create a new regime of visas between Angola and Zimbabwe and signing of deal between television and news agencies of both countries in the light of professional training and exchange of products.

At the end of the signing of minutes, Espírito Santo said the most constructive issues on the working agenda had been addressed.

Source: ANGOP

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