Santos Silva is grateful for Bissau's support to Portugal in the international plan.

Santos Silva is grateful for Bissau's support to Portugal in the international plan.

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Portuguese Foreign Minister's visit has "historical and political symbolism" at a time when the country overcomes a political crisis

The head of Portuguese diplomacy, who is on a two-day working visit to Guinea-Bissau, today held a courtesy meeting with the Guinean leader to whom, he told reporters, he has conveyed the compliments of "Lisbon's highest authorities" as well. as thanks for the support.

The Portuguese official also said that he took advantage of the hearing with José Mário Vaz to thank him for the "good contributions" that Guinea-Bissau has brought to organizations such as the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Augusto Santos Silva highlighted in his audience with José Mário Vaz, "the role of great responsibility" that a Guinean plays today at the International Institute of Portuguese Language (ILP), Incanha Intumbo, executive director of that institution.

"The International Institute of Portuguese Language is the CPLP's arm for international promotion of the Portuguese language, bringing together the different variants of Portuguese spoken in the countries of the community," noted the head of Lusadiplomacy.

Santos Silva added that he took advantage of the hearing with José Mário Vaz to highlight and praise "the role and readiness" that Guinea-Bissau has had within the African Union, namely in the elaboration of the Free Trade Agreement on an international scale.

Guinea-Bissau's foreign minister said that the visit of her Portuguese counterpart "is marked by extraordinary political and historical symbolism". This is the first visit of a western ruler since the current government is in office and "represents a new era in the relationships between Guinea-Bissau and Portugal," said Suzy Barbosa. Bissau looks at it with "pride and great joy".

"We hope that this show of affection and attention is only the beginning of the effective recovery of a relationship of proximity and complementarity for intense cooperation and producing concrete results", said the Guinean head of diplomacy.

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