On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 11, a political-cultural act was held at the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces’ Universal Hall as part of celebrations commemorating the 40th anniversary of Angola’s independence. Presiding the act was Army General and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Raúl Castro.
The African nation broke the chains of Portuguese colonialism on November 11, 1975, when Angolan Prime Minister, Agostinho Neto, proclaimed the country’s independence in what was formerly May 1st Square, now Independence Square.
Cuba and Angola share historic and fraternal ties which unite the two nations and peoples. Salvador Valdés Mesa, a Council of State vice president, is currently heading a delegation from the island, which traveled to Luanda to participate in celebrations there.
Cuba and Angola established diplomatic relations on May 15, 1975.