Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visits Luanda at the invitation of João Lourenço


The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, announced that he will visit Luanda, at the invitation of his Angolan counterpart, João Lourenço, to attend the book fair in the capital of Angola.

“I will now have a trip, but it’s Luanda, to go, at the invitation of the President [da República de Angola] João Lourenço, at the Luanda Book Fair”, said the Portuguese head of State, without giving further details, in statements to journalists on the sidelines of the two-day visit, which ended, to Cape Verde.

The Presidents of Portugal and Angola were two of the heads of State who attended the inauguration ceremony, which took place at the National Assembly, in Praia, of José Maria Neves as fifth President of the Republic of Cape Verde this Tuesday, following the elections Cape Verdean presidential elections of 17 October.

After taking office, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa met with the new President of Cape Verde, with the heads of state dealing with, he described, “three fundamental issues” for the two countries.

“Bilateral relations, and I invited him to visit Portugal early next year, if possible in the first quarter of next year, if not in the first half of next year. And still in bilateral relations, pending financial, economic and social and cultural cooperation issues”, he explained.

“We dealt with the issue of the European Union and the deepening of the strategic partnership with Cape Verde, a matter that he knows very well from his time as prime minister [de 2001 a 2016]. And we also deal with CPLP [Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa], and in the domain of the CPLP, naturally, of the Angolan presidency, about which I had spoken with President João Lourenço”, he added.

He also highlighted that he discussed with José Maria Neves the “generic perspectives of the CPLP’s performance and the key role that Cape Verde, which has just had the presidency, could play”.

“In connection with Angola, but also with Portugal and other sister countries, in what is a phase that is more focused on the application of the mobility agreement and on the economic and business part, which has been a part that has remained in the second plan”, he concluded.

José Maria Neves took office this morning, before the National Assembly, gathered in a special investiture session, in the presence of delegations representing the governments of several countries and the Presidents of the Republics of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, of Angola, João Lourenço, of Guinea -Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, from Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, and from Senegal, Macky Sall.

Also present at the ceremony are the Vice President of Brazil, General Hamilton Mourão, the Secretary of Labor of the United States of America, Marty Walsh, the Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities of France, Elisabeth Moreno, the president of the Chamber of Deputies of Equatorial Guinea, Mohaba Messu, the president of the Assembly of São Tomé and Príncipe, Delfim Neves, the executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), Zacarias da Costa, and the president of Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean Claude Kassi Brou, among other national and international figures.


Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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