The Portuguese President said this Saturday that the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) is preparing to take a great qualitative leap and defended that all Member States are committed to this international organization.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa made brief statements to journalists at the entrance to the XIII CPLP Summit, which began this morning in Luanda, after greeting the heads of state of Angola, João Lourenço, and of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca.

Let’s take a new step, this one different from the one we took 25 years ago”, referred the President of the Republic, in an allusion to the founding of the CPLP.

Then, referring to the mobility agreement that will be signed early this afternoon, the Portuguese head of State declared: “This qualitative leap was not expected to be possible”.

At this moment, Angola, Brazil and all countries [da CPLP] are committed, which is very important”, accentuated.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was also asked what he would do this Saturday, the day the prime minister, António Costa, turns 60.

We already celebrated yesterday (at midnight]when [António Costa] arrived at the hotel. And let’s celebrate tonight. Let’s have dinner”, said.

On Friday night, the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, attended a dinner hosted by the Angolan head of State, João Lourenço, who marked the 25th anniversary of the founding the CPLP.

When the Portuguese party arrived at the hotel, after dinner, it was a few minutes after midnight. At the hotel reception, the President of the Republic, followed by all the members of the Portuguese delegation, began to sing “Happy Birthday” to António Costa.

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