Longstanding diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Angola goes back to the 1970s. Angola opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa in 1979; while Ethiopian Embassy in Harare is accredited to Angola.
The bilateral relations between the two countries have been further enhanced through numerous high-level visit exchanges. Angola’s Minister of External Relations H.E. Mr. Afonso Van-Dúnem M'Binda visited Ethiopia. And also, the former Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia H.E. Mr. Seyoum Mesfin and H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom visited Angola in 2006 and 2014 respectively.
Ethiopia and Angola signed eight bilateral cooperation agreements and MOUs including trade, investment, and air service. Accordingly, Ethiopia exports meat, oilseeds and wine to Angola, whereas; Angola exports petroleum products, crude oil, aluminum sheets, marble, fish products, rubber and fibers to Ethiopia. The two countries have also established a Joint Permanent Commission to follow up on the practical implementation of the cooperation agreements.
Over the last decades, mutual economic interests have emerged as the driving force in the relationship. It is significant potential for enhancing bilateral trade and investment collaboration in key areas like aviation, oil and gas, mineral exploration, telecom, meat products, leather, coffee, tourism, health, culture and sport, and financial services.