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Chui Sai On and António Costa

Chui Sai On and António Costa

The head of Macau Government will hold an official visit to Portugal from 11 to 19 May, during which he will hold meetings with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, officials announced today.

The Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, will lead a delegation of the Government of Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) during a visit to Lisbon and Porto, according to a statement from the government spokesman's office.

"In Lisbon, the Chief Executive will have an audience with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and later with the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, with whom he will exchange ideas regarding the consolidation of the friendship relations between Macau and Portugal and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation", according to the same note.

Chui Sai On will chair the 6th meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, during which "cooperation in various fields will be intensified," said Macau officials.

The Macau Government will also organize a photo exhibition in Lisbon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR, which is being marked this year

The statement explains that "in this context, a commemorative reception is also planned, to which long-time and recent friends will be invited to discuss... the development and changes of Macau."

Also in Lisbon, the same person will participate in a debate with students from Macau who attend to higher education in Portugal.

Chui Sai On will also sign a "memorandum of understanding for the framework of cooperation in the promotion of friendship," the authorities said.

After signing, Chief Executive "will be awarded the City Keys, a high municipal award," according to the statement.

The Macau-Portugal Joint Commission was established by the Macao-Portugal Framework Cooperation Agreement, with the aim of strengthening cooperation between the two parties.

The fifth meeting was held in Macau on 20th of October 2018, during the official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

The fourth meeting was organized in 2016, on the occasion the Chief Executive visited Portugal.

After more than 400 years under Portuguese administration, Macau became a Special Administrative Region of China in December 20, 1999, with a high degree of autonomy agreed over a period of 50 years.