Cuban delegation attends Seventh MPLA Congress in Angola

Source:  Granma
August 22 2016

MPLA Secretary General Dino Matrosse reiterated his party’s gratitude to the Communist Party of Cuba, “for accepting our invitation and sending a high-level delegation” to the Congress.

by Osvaldo Cardosa Samón | informacion@granma.cu

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Angola has Cuba to thank for many of its achievements, stated MPLA Secretary General Dino Matrosse. Photo:Prensa Latina

Luanda.— The presence of a Cuban delegation was a honor for delegates to the Seventh Ordinary Congress of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the Secretary General of the political organization, Juliao Mateus Paulo (Dino Matrosse), stated this Sunday, August, 21.

We have Cuba to thank for many of the achievements we enjoy

“We have Cuba to thank for many of the achievements we enjoy, for their invaluable and necessary assistance during that decisive moment for the existence and later the consolidation of the Republic of Angola,” Dino Matrosse stated, speaking exclusively to Prensa Latina.

After meeting with José Ramón Balaguer, member of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee Secretariat, the Angolan political leader noted, “When we talk about Cuba, we talk about Angola, given what the Cubans represent for our people.”

He reiterated his gratitude to the PCC “for accepting our invitation and sending a high-level delegation” to honor the 7th Congress, held August 17 through 20, with the participation of 2,620 delegates from 18 provinces across the country.

The challenge to combat poverty, hunger, illiteracy

Regarding the challenges ahead for the MPLA, Dino Matrosse explained that, the priority is to ensure that decisions are implemented, in particular what President José Eduardo dos Santos has called for; “to become increasingly dynamic and true to Party principles.”

He added that another challenge is to steer the economy toward greater development in order to combat poverty, hunger, illiteracy and other issues.
Meanwhile, Balaguer, who headed the Cuban delegation to MPLA Congress, told Prensa Latinathat “We depart with a very good impression of the Congress. We heard the report of the President of the Party, compañero José Eduardo dos Santos, who provided a detailed analysis of the situation in the country.”

We learned of the difficulties, transformations, economic development and the real possibility to move forward, added the head of the International Relations Department of the PCC Central Committee.

“We leave with great confidence that the MPLA will continue to govern, together with the people and strong popular support,” Balaguer concluded. (PL)

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