The President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, will travel to East Timor to attend the 10th Summit of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) taking place July 23 in Dili. Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho is also expected to attend the summit.
Cavaco Silva arrives in East Timor July 22 after ending a three day official visit to South Korea at the invitation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
In South Korea, Cavaco Silva presided at the opening of an Economic Seminar organized by the Federation of Korean Industries and by the Portuguese Export and Investment Agency (AICEP). He also met with representatives of the large Korean corporations, representatives of the Portuguese and Korean academic and scientific institutions and representatives of the Portuguese community resident in Korea.
On Monday, before departing to East Timor, President Cavaco Silva held a private meeting with President Park Geun-hye to address ways to increase bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, renewable energy, aviation, shipping and tourism, among other areas.
In East Timor, President Cavaco Silva will hold a private meeting with Timorese President Taur Matan Ruak followed by meetings with his CPLP counterparts.
Established in 1996, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) represents the nations where Portuguese if the official language, including the countries of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor. the CPLP population is estimated at 240 million.
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (population 1, 72, 390) is a Southeast Asian country comprised of half of the island of Timor. Established as a Portuguese colony in 1702, the country gained independence from Portugal in 1975. Following independence, East Timor was under Indonesia occupation until 2002 when freedom was restore.
Aníbal Cavaco Silva , 76, was elected for a first term as President of Portugal in 2006 and re-elected in 2011. He was Prime-Minister from 1985 to 1995. According to the Portuguese Constitution, the post of Portuguese President is largely ceremonial since the executive power lies with the Prime-Minister.