LUANDA, South African President Jacob Zuma was among foreign dignitaries who were in Luanda for the inauguration of the new Angolan President, JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco, here Tuesday.

The ceremony, held at Luanda's Republic Square, was also attended by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, Namibian President Hage Geingob, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and President Jorge Carlos Fonseca of Cape Verde.

Lourenco, 63, of the ruling Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA), succeeds President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has retired after 38 years in power.

South Africa and Angola enjoy historical and fraternal bilateral relations which were cemented during the period of South Africa's liberation struggle when Angola housed and supported South African liberation cadres in various camps in the country.

This is not only evidenced through the fraternal political relationship, but also through the growing socio-economic and trade and investment relationship between the two countries, according to the Presidency.

Angola is one of South Africa's largest trading partners on the continent with numerous South African companies involved in a variety of sectors in Angola.

To date, the two countries have signed 33 agreements and memoranda of understanding.


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