Marcelo to retribute Chinese President's visit to Portugal "soon"

Augusto Santos Silva (L) and Chui Sain On

Santos Silva's statements were made at the end of the 5th Meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission, held at the Macau Government Headquarters, during a press conference in which journalists were allowed only one question to Santos Silva (who headed the Portuguese delegation) and Chui Sai On (Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region - SAR).

The Foreign Minister said today that the Chinese leader will visit Portugal on December 4-5 and that the Portuguese president will "soon retribute" with an official visit to China.

After listing the visits and meetings between officials of the two countries in recent years, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva announced that Xi Jinping's visit to Portugal will take place on December 4-5, and that Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will "soon retribute" the Chinese leader's visit with an official trip to China.

Santos Silva's statements were made at the end of the 5th Meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission, held at the Macau Government Headquarters, during a press conference in which journalists were allowed only one question to Santos Silva (who headed the Portuguese delegation) and Chui Sai On (Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region - SAR).

In recent years, according to Santos Silva, there has been "an intensity in political and diplomatic relations" between the two countries. "We look forward to the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 4 and 5," he added.

Santos Silva also said that Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, the President of the Portuguese Parliament, will visit China in November.

The Foreign Minister is a heading an official visit to China, which began on Friday and ends on Sunday.

The delegation includes Secretary of State for Internationalization Eurico Brilhante Dias; Portuguese Ambassador to Beijing José Augusto Duarte; Foreign Policy Director Pedro Costa Pereira; and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Investment and Foreign Trade Agency (AICEP) Luís Castro Henriques.

Santos Silva co-chaired the 5th Meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission to analyze and strengthen bilateral relations between the Macau SAR and Portugal.

The Macau-Portugal Joint Commission was established by the Framework Cooperation Agreement between the Macau SAR and Portugal. The previous meeting had taken place in Portugal in 2016.

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