The Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) congratulated this Monday, March 27, Portugal and Mozambique for the entry into force of the amendments to the Law on Foreigners and the measures aimed at its implementation.
This is one of the conclusions read at the end of the 16th Special Meeting of the Council of Ministers of CPLP, held in Luanda.
The ministers “reiterated that approval of the Mobility Agreement between Member States of the CPLP by the 13th Conference of Heads of State and Government and its ratification by all Member States mean a huge step towards the CPLP is constituted as a true community of peoples, opening the way, in particular, the movement of people, culture, values, principles and knowledge,” reads a statement.
The CPLP ministers also encouraged member states to promote dialogue “aiming at the possible conclusion of additional partnership instruments, under the terms of the Agreement and the principle of variable flexibility contained in it.
The new regulation of the Law on Foreigners in Portugal, approved in 2022, allows for the speeding up and flexibility of visa and residence permit applications, with a simplified regime for students, entrepreneurial immigrants and seasonal workers and introduces a new regime for workers transferred from other member states, provided they are integrated in the company’s staff.
In another scope, they congratulated Angola for the peace mediation efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRCongo) and welcomed the sending of a military contingent to support the peace operations of the Angolan Armed Forces to that country.
The statement also expressed sorrow and solidarity with the families who are victims of cyclone Freddy, which severely affected the territory of Mozambique and neighboring countries, as well as the victims of earthquakes in Turkey (an observer country associated with the CPLP) and Syria.
The ministers reiterate their deep concern about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and called for an immediate end to the conflict and resumption of the path of peace and peaceful relations between states, with strict observance of the principles of international law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In the statement they also express “appreciation for the Black Sea Cereals Initiative promoted by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, which has made it possible to mitigate the harmful effects of the conflict on food insecurity and the rising prices of essential goods.
The 16th Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries was attended in Luanda by the foreign ministers of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste, as well as the executive secretary of the CPLP, Zacarias da Costa.
The meeting was conducted by the Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, in his capacity as acting president of the Council of Ministers and host of the meeting.