CPLP would like to have China as an observer member

Maria do Carmo Silveira

The Executive Secretary of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) said today that the organization would like to have China on its list of associated observers, adding that it is "quite possible" that this will happen.

"We have all seen China's great interest in Portuguese-speaking countries. China is an extremely important partner for Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and beyond," Maria do Carmo Silveira told Lusa. Silveira will end her term as CPLP Executive Secretary on December 31, when she will be replaced by former Portuguese ambassador Francisco Ribeiro Telles.

When questioned about the possibility of China becoming a CPLP associated observer, Silveira said: "Who knows... It's quite possible. I think the CPLP would approve of that idea. China would be most welcome as an associated observer."

Maria do Carmo Silveira said she has "no information" regarding China's interest in becoming a CPLP observer, but added: "You never know when things are going to happen."

The CPLP comprises Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as 19 associated observers.