The kings of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia, arrive in Angola on Monday for a three-day visit that includes high-level meetings, signing agreements and taking part in a business forum.
According to the programme to which Lusa had access, their arrival is scheduled for Monday, but the official visit will only begin on Tuesday with a trip to Praça da República (Republic square) – where the António Agostinho Neto Memorial and the tomb of former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who died last year, are located – ahead of a meeting with the head of state, Joao Lourenço.
In the Presidential Palace, it is foreseen a ceremony of decorations and the signature of agreements, following in the afternoon a passage by the Economic Bank and a meeting with the Spanish community.
According to sources contacted by Lusa, three memorandums of understanding will be signed: one in the area of diplomatic training, another related to industry 4.0 and a third related to sports practice.
On the other hand, the Banco Económico building will host a presentation of the Kwanza International University (Kuito, Bié), which will become operational in October 2021, and two exhibitions dedicated to Catalan painter Joan Miró.
The business forum, which brings together entrepreneurs from the two countries, will take place on Wednesday.
On the same day, the kings of Spain will also visit the National Assembly and the Museum of Military History, before returning to the country in the afternoon.
This is the first state visit of a Spanish king to a sub-Saharan African country and is awaited “with special enthusiasm”, as Felipe VI said in announcing the trip.
The king highlighted the efforts that Spain has made to increase the number of embassies in Africa, as well as “the increase in contacts at different levels” with African countries.
The Spanish head of state added that Africa is “a vast and plural continent, with infinite needs and full of possibilities for cooperation” with a view to its development.