Relations between Macau and Portugal are excellent, political leaders say

14 May 2019

Relations between Macau and Portugal are excellent and our cooperation is also being strengthened in several areas, said the Chief Executive of Macau and the President of the Portuguese Republic at a meeting in Lisbon on Monday.

Portugal’s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was pleased to be reunited with Chui Sai On in Lisbon, adding that Portugal is currently in an excellent phase of its relationship with China and Macau.

The Portuguese President expressed his satisfaction at the prominence given by the President of China, Xi Jinping, to the role and functions of Macau in the connection between China and Portugal, as well as with the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Rebelo de Sousa added that the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, a Macau-based organisation, is very important to maintain the union between Portuguese-speaking countries.

He also said he considered the preservation, strengthening and development of the Portuguese culture and language in Macau to be very important, noting that China actively supports exchanges and cooperation with Portugal and with Portuguese-speaking countries.

The Chief Executive thanked the president for the invitation and the reception given to the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) delegation, highlighting two objectives: to observe the new development of Portugal and to take part in the sixth meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission, where the two parties will give a retrospective overview of work carried out, as well as a forecast of how cooperation will be bolstered in several areas.

Chui Sai On agreed with the views of the President of the Portuguese Republic on Portuguese-Chinese relations, the connection between Macau and Portugal and Macau’s role in the relationship between China and Portugal, as well as promoting the development of the Portuguese language in order to achieve this effect, the Macau SAR Government continues to support the dissemination of the language in Macau.

Chui Sai On also said that bilateral cooperation has been strengthened and added that the two territories will have even more opportunities to develop new cooperation based on opportunities for the construction of the Belt and Road initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay.

Macau’s Chief Executive, Chui Sai On, on Saturday started an official visit to Portugal, scheduled to end on 19 May, heading up a local government delegation, with activities in Lisbon and Porto.

In addition to a meeting with Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa, with whom he will “exchange ideas on consolidating friendly relations between Macau and Portugal and strengthening bilateral cooperation,” Chui Sai On will co-chair the 6th meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva.

The city of Lisbon will host a photographic exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region (Macau SAR), this year, and once the Lisbon part of the programme is completed, the Chief Executive will travel to the city of Porto, where he will sign a cooperation agreement with the City Hall. (Macauhub)