New Executive Secretary of the CPLP takes office on Saturday

The new executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), Portugal’s Francisco Ribeiro Telles, is due to take office on Saturday in Lisbon, according to an official announcement.

The ceremony, which will take place at the CPLP headquarters, will be attended by the presidents of Portugal, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as the Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of Cabo Verde, Luís Filipe Tavares.

Timorese Ambassador Maria Paixão will represent the Timor-Leste (East Timor) Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Portuguese ambassador Francisco Ribeiro Telles was elected to the post of Executive Secretary by the 12th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP in July 2018 in Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cabo Verde, and succeeds Sao Tome’s Maria do Carmo Silveira.

This is the first time, in 22 years of CPLP history that Portugal has taken on the executive secretariat, the main executive body of the organisation of Portuguese-speaking countries. (macauhub)