India and Angola enjoy close and friendly relations dating back to pre-independence era of Angola. India supported Angolan freedom struggle against the Portuguese colonial rule. Later, India continued to support the MPLA which has been at the helm of affairs of the country since independence in 1975. India was a part of all the three UN Angola verification Missions in Angola between June 1989 and June 1997. India’s consistent support in the past is appreciated and Angola hopes to derive benefits from the significant advances India has made in recent times in agriculture, industry and technology.