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CPLP welcomes entry into force of the Foreigners Law in Portugal and Mozambique

The Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) this Monday congratulated Portugal and Mozambique on the entry into force of the amendments to the Foreigners' Law and on the measures aimed at their implementation.

: Fernando Pineza
Fernando Pineza  

This is one of the conclusions read at the end of the XVI Extraordinary Meeting of the CPLP Council of Ministers, which took place in Luanda.

The ministers "reiterated that the approval of the Mobility Agreement between the Member States of the CPLP by the XIII Conference of Heads of State and Government and its ratification by all the Member States, means a huge step towards the CPLP being constituted as a true Community of peoples, paving the way, namely, for the circulation of people, culture, values, principles and knowledge", reads a statement.

The CPLP ministers also encouraged the Member States to promote dialogue "aiming at the eventual signing of additional partnership instruments, under the terms of the Agreement and the principle of variable flexibility enshrined therein".

The new regulation of the Law on Foreigners in Portugal, approved in 2022, makes it possible to streamline and make applications for visas and residence permits more flexible, with a simplified regime for students and entrepreneurial immigrants, as well as seasonal workers, and introduces a new regime for workers transferred from other Member States, as long as they are part of the company's management.

In another context, they congratulated Angola for its efforts to mediate peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRCongo) and welcomed the sending of a military contingent to support the peace operations of the Angolan Armed Forces in that country.

The communiqué also expresses regret and solidarity with the families who were victims of Cyclone Freddy, which severely hit the territory of Mozambique and neighboring countries, as well as the victims of earthquakes in Turkey, an associate observer country of the CPLP, and in Syria.

Ministers reiterate their deep concern over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and called for an immediate end to the conflict, and resumption of the path of peace and peaceful relations between states, with strict observance of the principles of international law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In the statement, they also express "appreciation for the Black Sea Cereals Initiative promoted by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, which has allowed mitigating the harmful effects of the conflict on food insecurity and the increase in the prices of essential goods".

The XVI Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries was attended in Luanda by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste, as well as the Executive Secretary of the CPLP, Zacarias da Costa.

The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, in his capacity as acting president of the Council of Ministers and host of the meeting.


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