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CoM approves Parliament’s resolution on the movement of citizens within CPLP

CoM approves Parliament’s resolution on the movement of citizens within CPLP

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DILI, 09 february 2022 (TATOLI) – The Council of Ministers approved the draft Proposal of the Resolution of the National Parliament, presented by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Julião da Silva, for the ratification of the Mobility Agreement which was signed by Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), in Angola.

The mobility agreement was signed at the CPLP’s summit held in Luanda, Angola on july 16, 2021.

“The Council of Ministers today approved the draft proposal of the resolution of the National Parliament on Mobility Agreement to facilitate the movement of the citizens within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries,” Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães told reporters after the meeting of the Council of Ministers at the Palace of the Government, in Dili, on wednesday.

The Mobility Agreement is established with a legal basis to facilitate the circulation of the citizens within CPLP.

The Agreement should enter into force in 2022, after having already been ratified by four of the nine countries of the Portuguese-speaking bloc. Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tome and Principe have already ratified the agreement in december 2021, said in Ver Angola.

In december 2021, Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa considered the Mobility Agreement was no longer an agreement but rather a very important act of political affirmation.

“Now what matters is really to open the doors that allow our people to circulate in the same linguistic space, in the same space that is familiar to them, as in another country,” said Costa quoted in Ver Angola.

The CPLP was set up on july 17th, 1996, in Lisbon, and consists of nine State Members – Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal, Mozambique, São Tomé, and Principe, and Timor-Leste.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo 

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