Sao Tome and Principe: Prime minister of Sao Tome visits Taiwan

5 September 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 5 Sept – The prime minister of Sao tome and Principe, Rafael Branco, Thursday began a week-long visit to Taiwan at the invitation of the Taiwanese government, with which he will discuss cooperation priorities.

The head of the Sao Tome and Principe government, who said that no agreements were expected to be signed with the Taiwanese authorities, heads a delegation that includes the ministers for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Carlos Tiny, and Territorial Administration, Raul Cravid.

Branco is the president of the Movement for Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe – Social-Democratic Party (MLSTP) which has privileged relations with the Chinese Communist Party.

When asked whether his trip to Taiwan might not affect the relationship between the two parties, the prime minister said it would not.

After his visit to Taiwan, Branco is Thursday due to travel to Portugal on a private visit of around a week. (macauhub)

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