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Diplomacy chiefs from Cape Verde and Angola agree on passing of CPLP presidency

The heads of diplomacy from Cape Verde and Angola meet Saturday on the Cape Verdean island of São Vicente to prepare for the transfer of the presidency of the CPLP to Luanda, a source from the Cape Verdean Foreign Affairs Ministry told Lusa.

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According to the same source of the Cape Verdean diplomacy, the meeting, at a hotel in the city of Mindelo, involves the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Communities of Cabo Verde, Rui Figueiredo Soares, and Foreign Affairs of Angola, Téte António, and also aims to address issues of bilateral cooperation.

Cape Verde assumed the rotating presidency of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) at the organization's 12th summit of heads of state and government held in July 2018 on the island of Sal, succeeding Brazil.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the mandate of the Cape Verdean presidency was eventually extended for another year and will officially end with the summit of heads of state and government scheduled for July 16 and 17 in Luanda, with Angola taking the lead.

The great flagship of the Cape Verdean presidency, the proposal for the mobility of people within the community, whose text is already closed and approved by the Council of Ministers of the CPLP, will be one of the main themes of the summit, which will address economic issues, the choice of a new executive secretary or the holding of an economic conference.

At this meeting, Equatorial Guinea will have the opportunity to present the state of play on the end of the death penalty, one of the conditions of its accession to the organization in 2014.

"We may have surprises in this matter, in the good sense, regarding the issue of the death penalty. We know the progress that Equatorial Guinea has made in this direction, but I can't say more," said Rui Figueiredo Soares in an interview with Lusa in Lisbon last Sunday.

Equatorial Guinea had the death penalty when it joined the CPLP and since then "has taken significant steps in that direction. This is an "issue on which we must exercise diplomatic influence", but "also respecting the limits imposed" by the sovereignty of each state, added Rui Soares.

The choice of date for the summit has to do with the fact that the intention is to make it coincide with the date that marks the 25th anniversary of the CPLP, July 17, said the minister.

"We are now waiting for the official communication from the Heads of State of the invitation for that date," he said.

The conference, consisting of the Heads of State and / or Government of all Member States, is the highest body of the CPLP and is responsible for defining and guiding the general policy and strategies of the CPLP, adopt legal instruments necessary for the implementation of this Statute, but may delegate these powers to the Council of Ministers.

According to the CPLP statutes, the Heads of State and Government meet ordinarily every two years.

Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste are the Member States of the CPLP.