LUANDA, Angola and Zimbabwe, noth of which are members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), have decided to boost bilateral economic co-operation and maintain privileged ties in the political field.

This was disclosed by the visiting Zimbabwean foreign minister, Subusiso Moyo, after he was received in audience here Monday by Angolan President JoAPound o Lourenco.

Moyo, who arrived here Sunday for a two-day official visit, delivered a message from Zimbabwe's newly-inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangangwa to his Angolan counterpart.

On Nov 3 this year, the military in Zimbabwe placed former president Robert Mugabe under house arrest and detained senior government officials. Mugabe subsequently resigned as Head of State after 37 years of rule.

Mnangangwa, who was Vice-President of Zimbabwe, until being dismissed by Mugabe in early November, returned to the country and was sworn in as President of Zimbabwe for a transitional period until elections next year.

Co-operation between Angola and Zimbabwe covers the fields of agriculture, tourism, transport and staff training.

Moyo ended his two-day working visit to Angola later Monday after discussing with his counterpart, Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto ways to strengthen bilateral co-operation under Zimbabwe's new leadership.

The two foreign ministers expressed on Monday their interest in strengthening co-operation and said they considered relations between the two countries and peoples strong.

Augusto said Angola, as the acting president of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Defence and Security Organ, was monitoring developments in Zimbabwe and revealed that Zimbabwe had given assurances of continuing to develop the country's role in maintaining stability and development in the SADC.