Cuba-Angola: Diplomats Highlight Friendship Relations

Luanda, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s diplomats highlighted on Friday the historical ties of friendship with Angola during a presentation on a TV program for the Cuban Culture Day on October 20.

Cuba and its people are celebrating because on October 20, 1868, culture and rebellion came together, said Andres Morejon, press and culture attaché of the Cuban Embassy in Angola, when recalling that the anthem of Bayamo (eastern city of the island) was played for the first time on that date, becoming the National Anthem.

According to Sergio Rodrigues, a presenter of the program Janela Aberta (Open Window) from the Public Television of Angola, no one can be a complete Angolan without having a Cuban friend.

When recalling his childhood in Huila (in the south of the country), he mentioned his friendship with Cubans, who used to give him candies. We have the higher respect for you, he said.

‘In the most difficult times when Angola was invaded by South Africa, Cubans gave their lives for this country, in order to expel South Africans from here. We have -and must have- a great affection for Cuba. For me, a Cuban is a brother, is an Angolan,’ said Rodrigues, one of the most prominent journalists in this country.

After thanking the presenter’s words, the adviser of the Cuban delegation here, Ernesto Pulgaron, noted that the friendship and solidarity between Cubans and Angolans grew thanks to the leaders of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and the father founder of Angola Antonio Agostinho Neto.

Asked about bilateral relations, the press attaché said that they are becoming stronger, more fraternal, and are on the rise, because we have a history that unites us.

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