"The Portuguese language is not the language of the Portuguese"

The Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation visited Timor-Leste last week, where she established contacts with the Timorese authorities and representatives for several areas relevant to the bilateral cooperation, such as political, economic and commercial, educational, cultural or development areas.

Teresa Ribeiro made an intensive series of contacts, from work meetings and courtesy visits, including meetings with the President of the Republic Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak and several members of the executive.

One of the highlights of this trip was the diploma ceremony for students from various Portuguese courses in Timor-Leste, which were carried out under Portuguese cooperation and which included journalists, military personnel and officials of the European Union Delegation in East Timor.

"The commitment to education and knowledge will be decisive for the construction of a fairer, more prosperous society and indispensable tools to free ourselves from obscurantism and achieve what we all wish, which is a fairer society," she said.

"The Portuguese language is not the language of the Portuguese, it is the language of all who speak it, who want to speak it, who chose it as their language and through that language make their representation of the world and develop their entire conceptual framework," she said.

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