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President of the Republic and Prime Minister participate in the mass for peace and concord in Barcelona

On August 20, the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Prime Minister, António Costa, attended the Mass for peace and harmony held in the basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ​​which paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in this city.

The President of the Republic described the ceremony as “very moving and very impressive”. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was also with the family of the two Portuguese victims. The Prime Minister António Costa said that “terrorism did not defeat” the Western way of life.

President of the Republic and Portuguese Government congratulate the President-elect of the Republic of Angola

In a message published on the website of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa congratulated the President-elect of Angola, João Lourenço, as a result of the MPLA’s victory in the general elections held on 23 August. The Portuguese Government also congratulated the President-elect and welcomed the “civic and quiet” form as the election took place.

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, congratulated the candidate for President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, after the victory of the MPLA in the general election of Angola. The congratulatory message reads: “The President of the Republic congratulated the President-elect of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, underlining the fraternal ties that unite the two countries and the two people”.

In a statement sent through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Portugal also congratulated the President-elect of the Republic of Angola, as well as all the Members of the National Assembly, welcoming the “civic and quiet” manner as the election took place, and welcoming the “very expressive” participation of the population. The Portuguese Government also expressed “total commitment” to work with the new political leadership in Angola, in order “to continue deepening the close relations that unite Portugal and Angola.”

Political and economic developments in Angola are of major importance for Portugal. In addition to colonial history and the sharing of language and culture, relations between Portugal and Angola have also developed in the economic sphere over the last decade and a half, having reached their peak in 2014. According to Banco de Portugal (Portuguese Central Bank), between 2010 and 2014, Angolan investment in Portugal rose from 645 million euros to 1 530 million euros. Currently, although Portugal recorded a substantial surplus in the balance of goods and services with Angola, with the fall in oil prices in 2014 and the ensuing economic and financial crisis, the country lost importance in terms of Portuguese foreign trade. According to AICEP, exports of goods and services to this country fell from 3 178 and 1 553 million euros in 2014 to 1 507 and 943 million euros in 2016, respectively.

President of the Republic visits Portuguese military and meets with the President of Lithuania

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, made a 24-hour visit to Lithuania, where he visited the 140 Portuguese soldiers who are part of the NATO mission in that country and met the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Accompanied by the Minister of National Defense, Azeredo Lopes, by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Pina Monteiro, and by the Chief of Staff of the Army, Rovisco Duarte, the President of the Republic had lunch with the 140 soldiers of the battalion of Infantry at the Taurage military base and received a briefing on the participation of the Portuguese military in the NATO mission.

Later, the Heads of State of the two countries and their respective delegations met at the Kaunas Officers’ Club and spoke to reporters after the meeting. President Dalia Grybauskaité “thanked very much” the Portuguese President for the “help from Portugal, which intensified after the occupation of Crimea in 2014” by Russia.

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