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Brazil's Vice-PR travels to Angola focusing on the bloc's "sustainable development"

The Brazilian vice-president, Hamilton Mourão, embarked today for Angola, where he will lead the Brazilian delegation at the summit of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and will be focused on the "sustainable development of the countries" of the bloc.

: Vice-presidente brasileiro, Hamilton Mourão (Foto: Adnilton Farias)
Vice-presidente brasileiro, Hamilton Mourão (Foto: Adnilton Farias)  

"Leaving for Luanda, capital of Angola, I will be leading the Brazilian delegation at the XIII CPLP Summit. (...) Together, we will seek ways to strengthen and promote economic and business cooperation in times of pandemic, in favor of sustainable development of the CPLP countries," wrote General Mourão on the social network Facebook.

On Twitter, the vice president said that in the Angolan capital he will carry out an official agenda "with authorities, businessmen, and United Nations representatives from the Republic of Angola and Central Africa, in addition to strengthening ties with the other members of the CPLP.

Hamilton Mourão traveled in the company of Brazil's Minister of Foreign Relations, Carlos França, and the Special Secretary of Strategic Affairs, Admiral Flávio Rocha.

"Besides the historical and cultural ties that unite us, my connection with Angola became even stronger because I was a United Nations (UN) military observer in Andulo and Chitembo, Bié provinces, and in Lubango, capital of Huíla province, in 1996 and 1997," explained the general.

Mourão leaves Brazil at a time when President Jair Bolsonaro has been transferred in a Brazilian Air Force plane from Brasilia to a hospital in Sao Paulo, where he will undergo further examinations and a medical team will assess the need to undergo emergency surgery after being diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction.

On Wednesday morning, the head of state was admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia after feeling abdominal pain in the early hours of the morning.

At issue is a hiccup crisis that has been affecting him for more than a week and that caused him pain, according to the Government's Special Secretariat of Communication.

The Brazilian head of state has blamed the knife attack he suffered in 2018 at an election campaign event for the health problems he is facing.

Since assuming the presidential office in January 2019, Bolsonaro has had several health problems stemming from the stabbing, having undergone several surgeries.

In this regard, Mourão has already provisionally assumed the Presidency of Brazil due to Jair Bolsonaro's two surgeries: in January and in September 2019.

Already last year, the President had two other procedures, of less complexity, but there was no need to step away from the office, according to the local press.

On July 16 and 17, the summit of CPLP heads of state and government will take place in Luanda, marking the beginning of Angola's presidency of the organization.

Angola will thus succeed Cape Verde, which had its mandate extended for another year at the request of the Angolan government due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The motto of Angola's presidency is "Building and Strengthening a Common and Sustainable Future.

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

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