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The Santa Maria Summit (Sal Island), which marked the beginning of Cape Verde's CPLP presidency, has included nine external observers - eight countries and one international organization. We might ask ourselves what led France, the UK, Italy, Luxembourg, Andorra, Serbia, Chile and Argentina, as well as the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), to request that status. The obvious answer is that they believe it is useful and interesting. It may seem strange in a media environment such as the Portuguese one, so indelibly marked by criticism and indifference towards the CPLP, but there are several countries around the world interested in the organization and in building partnerships with it. These external observers were represented at the summit by Lisbon-based ambassadors - another element that an analytical assessment should take into account.

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