Luanda – Angolan Foreign Minister, Téte António, said Friday that concerted political actions by the Member States of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) were necessary to tackle the negative effects of Covid-19.

Speaking at the opening of the 26th Ordinary Meeting of the CPLP Council of Ministers, Téte António said that the actions should also be inclusive, with technical and financial support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries.

The head of Angolan diplomacy considered the effects of the pandemic to be “disastrous” for the organisation’s member countries, with the loss of human lives, the rise in unemployment and poverty.

In the minister’s opinion, the difficulties imposed by the pandemic should be seen as a real opportunity for cooperation between member states, for the benefit of economic and social development.

At the meeting in which Angola takes over the presidency of the Council of Ministers of the CPLP, Téte António addressed a word of appreciation to the associated observers of the community, so that government plans with identical objectives to those of the CPLP are pursued.

He underlined the work done by Cape Verde’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Communities and Regional Integration, Rui Alberto de Figueiredo Soares, at the head of the Community’s Council of Ministers since 2018.

Source: Angola Press News Agency