The President of the Portuguese Republic considered that there is “a window of opportunity for the mobility in space” of the citizens of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), being able to “go further” in freedom of movement.
In an interview with the National Radio of Angola, which was questioned today about the difficulties in granting visas for entry into the European space, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa began by distinguishing the problems of the “bureaucratic side”, in relation to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a “permanent and contained effort to overcome”, those related to freedom of movement.
“I think that even respecting the rules of other communities, such as the European Union, there is room to go further in the movement,” said the Portuguese head of state, for whom there is currently “a very good opportunity, perhaps only one, to move forward in domains like this “.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he was “very hopeful” in the presidencies of the current CPLP (Cape Verde) and next (Angola), to solve this problem.
Asked whether the problem should be solved in the framework of the CPLP or bilaterally, the Portuguese President said he preferred the form of a global resolution within the community of Portuguese speaking countries.
“The idea was to go multilaterally, within the framework of the CPLP, but I admit that, if this can not be advanced, that it progress bilaterally,” he added.
As for the issue of the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement, which Angola has not yet ratified, like Mozambique, the Portuguese head of state said he avoids pronouncing, “not to open a quarrel”, although accompanying “with interest” the positions of the various countries.
“Much noise introduced by my pronunciation did not facilitate convergence,” he argued, defending the need to “bring together realities that have much in common, but legitimately have their own positions.”
“This is something that could be considered if policymakers understand that it deserves, at the level of the CPLP or at a merely informal level, an additional exchange of views in the future,” he said.
In the interview, asked about the payment of the Angolan debts to Portuguese companies, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa praised the “frank and honest, clear and frontal way” as the Finance Minister of the Luanda executive put the question, during the official visit to Luanda of the Portuguese prime minister.
“There is good will on the part. There has been, there continues to be and the work continues,” concluded the Portuguese President.