Nepal and Angola established bilateral diplomatic
relations today. A Joint Communiqué to that effect was signed in New York by
Ambassador Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the
United Nations, and Ambassador Ismael Abraao Gaspar Martins, Permanent
Representative of Angola to the United Nations.
The two Ambassadors also signed a joint letter informing António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, about the establishment of Nepal-Angola diplomatic relations.
On the occasion, the two Ambassadors shared the view that these ties would help forge meaningful cooperation between the two countries in areas of mutual interest at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
Angola is the 154th country from among the members of the United Nations to have diplomatic ties with Nepal till date.
Both Nepal and Angola are working closely at the United Nations, including as fellow members of the Group of 77, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of the Least Developed Countries.
Angola is the seventh-largest country in Africa which achieved its independence in 1975 after a protracted anti-colonial struggle. It became a member of the United Nations on 1 December 1976 and has since served in the UN Security Council twice. Rich in diamond, gold, zinc, forest and other resources, Angola's economy is overwhelmingly driven by its oil sector. It is scheduled to graduate from least developed country (LDC) category in 2021.