Secretary-general of francophone organization in Cape Verde to meet local officials

13 April 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 13 April – the secretary-general of the International Francophone Organization, Senegal’s Abdou Diouf, will be in Cape Verde Thursday and Friday to meet with local officials, the Cape Verdean Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

During the visit, Diouf will meet with Cape Verde’s Foreign, Cooperation and Communities Minister, Víctor Borges, will be met by President Pedro Pires and Prime Minister José Maria Neves.

The meetings are intended to “deepen and consolidate” the relationship Cape Verde has with the francophone organization, of which it has been a member since 1996.

The visit to Cape Verde is part of a tour the former Senegalese president is making of several West African countries.

Before arriving in Cape Verde, Diouf visited Guinea Bissau, which is also a member of his organization.

According to Borges the Cape Verde visit will also coincide with a meeting of technical delegations to analyze relations in the area of, amongst other things, the French language and cultural and linguistic diversity. (macauhub)