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Angola: João Lourenço puts his stamp on Luanda’s diplomacy

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This article is part of the dossier: João Lourenço’s Angola

By Daniel Ribant
Posted on Friday, 21 May 2021 20:13, updated on Sunday, 23 May 2021 16:20

Félix Tshisekedi in Luanda on 16 November 2020 to meet João Lourenço. © Republic of Angola

Angola’s president has initiated a rebalancing of relations with China to the benefit of Europe and the United States, while maintaining the country’s regional influence.

This is part six of a 6-part series.

It is no easy task to take over the reins after José Eduardo dos Santos’s presidency, given the ex-leader’s foreign-policy chops. He spent no less than half a century learning about the who’s who and inner workings of diplomacy, serving as foreign minister of the then newly formed republic of Angola and from 1979 to 2017, as its president. Calm and reserved, Dos Santos travelled little, but his political acumen and grasp of the issues worked wonders during the speeches that he gave.

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