António Costa meets with Macau Chief Executive

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa met on Tuesday with the Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region, Fernando Chui Sai On, at São Bento Palace.

Fernando Chui Sai On, as well as the delegation accompanying him on his third trip to Portugal since he took the position as the Chief Executive of Macau, were received by Prime Minister António Costa as part of a series of official meetings that the Macanese official has been holding with Portuguese leaders since Monday.

The Chief Executive of Macau met with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa yesterday, and will meet with Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva tomorrow (Wednesday).

Wednesday's appointment will take place at the 6th meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Committee, during which the two country's officials will discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations and sign several cooperation agreements.

The official press release states that the main topics to be discussed during the annual meeting of the Joint Committee include "economic relations between the two parties, taking into account relations between China, Portugal and other Portuguese-language countries" as well as "relations in the areas of language, culture and education, given Macau's role as a platform for the promotion of the Portuguese language throughout Asia."

The Macanese leader's visit to Portugal comes in a special year for Portuguese-Chinese relations, as it is the 40th anniversary since the resumption of diplomatic ties between Lisbon and Beijing and the 20th anniversary since the transfer of Macau's administration to China.

Chui Sai On's visit to Portugal also includes a trip to Porto, where he will meet with Mayor Rui Moreira on Friday (May 17). On the occasion, he will be distinguished with the delivery of the Keys of the City.

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