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Anförande av statsrådet Kristina Persson i samband med högtidlighållandet av 40-åriga diplomatiska relationer med Angola

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Luanda den 10 maj 2016

Det talade ordet gäller. (Tal på engelska.)

Dear ministers, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests,

First of all, let me say how delighted I am to be here in Luanda today, representing the Swedish Prime minister Stefan Löfven and his government, marking 40 years of diplomatic relations.

Sweden was, I am proud to say, one of the first countries to recognize Angola as an independent state through a letter from our then prime minister Olof Palme to former president Agostino Neto on 20 February 1976.

But the longstanding and warm relations between Angola and Sweden date back even further, to the times of our support to Angola's independence struggle. Swedish solidarity with Angola was expressed through humanitarian support to the Angolan refugees forced to flee to neighbouring countries in the region.

The first 30 years of Swedish presence in Angola was dominated by our efforts to support Angola's development. Our development cooperation included the health sector, telecommunications, transport, energy, environment and more. This cooperation is something we can look back upon now with shared pride but also something we can build upon when we now develop commercial relations in these very areas.

It is with great fascination that we have witnessed the impressive steps that Angola has made.

After decades of bloody civil war causing so much suffering for the Angolan people, peace finally arrived, only 14 years ago. What you have accomplished since my last visit in Angola is truly impressive. Peace has brought prosperity for many and Angola has transformed into a middle income country as defined by the World Bank and we can cooperate on an equal basis. I see scope for increased cooperation between Sweden and Angola in many areas.

Angola is one of the Swedish government's priority markets for promoting increase trade. Many of the areas which were part of our development cooperation are still in focus when it comes to our commercial relations today. Sweden offers cutting edge technology in many areas which can contribute substantially to Angola's further development.

Like in any society there are many challenges, including fighting poverty, combatting corruption, creating inclusive and sustainable growth for the entire population. Today you are also faced with slowed growth and a falling oil prize. Yet, it is my firm belief that you have huge potential for a bright future ahead of you.

To conclude, Sweden wants to continue to build on the longstanding cooperation between our countries. We want to broaden our relationship, engage even more in dialogue, and share ideas on how we can jointly tackle issues of mutual concern.

We will remain a reliable partner and friend to Angola for the future in order to continue to build our mutual partnership in order to meet an even brighter future.

Thank you!

Statsråd på denna sida som har entledigats

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon minister för strategi och framtidsfrågor samt nordiskt samarbete.

Statsråd på denna sida som har entledigats

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon minister för strategi och framtidsfrågor samt nordiskt samarbete.