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Portuguese President arrives in Luanda Thursday with agenda dominated by the work of the CPLP summit

The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, arrives Thursday night in Luanda, where he will be until Sunday morning, with an agenda dominated by the work of the 13th Summit of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) on Saturday.

: Armando Franca
Armando Franca  

At the CPLP summit in Luanda, in addition to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portugal will be represented by the Prime Minister, António Costa, the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, who is already in the Angolan capital.

António Costa leaves Friday morning for Luanda, arriving at the end of the afternoon, and is expected to participate with the Portuguese head of State and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, at 7:00 pm, in the gala dinner on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the CPLP.

A dinner that will include a musical moment performed by fado singer Cuca Roseta.

According to a diplomatic source, on Saturday, at 10:00 am, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Luanda, is scheduled to begin the formal opening session of the 13th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP.

The summit opens with a welcoming speech by the President of Angola, João Lourenço, followed by a brief speech by the head of state of Cape Verde, Jorge Fonseca, the country that ends its "pro tempore" presidency of the community.

The formal work of the summit should begin at 10:30 am, with the inauguration of the Angolan head of state as "pro tempore" president of the CPLP for the 2021-2023 biennium.

Also on Saturday morning, before the approval of the final declaration and the election of the new executive secretary of the CPLP, which will be the former Timorese Foreign Minister, Zacarias Alberto da Costa, the heads of state and government participate in a political debate on the theme "Strengthening and Promoting Economic and Business Cooperation in Pandemic Times for the Sustainable Development of the Member States of the CPLP.

After lunch, at 2:30 pm, the solemn closing session of the summit will take place, with the signing of the final declaration by the Heads of State and Government and of the mobility agreement between the Member States of the CPLP.

The latter agreement, driven by Portugal since 2016 and which was closed from a diplomatic point of view under the current presidency of Cape Verde, will be signed by the ministers of foreign affairs and foreign affairs in the presence of the heads of state and government.

After the closing speech by the Angolan President, a press conference of the national political leaders present at the summit is scheduled for mid-afternoon.

Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Timor-Leste make up the CPLP.

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