Joao Gomez Cravinho and Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday in Abidjan
Joao Gomez CravinhoMinister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, after his meeting with the Ivorian Head of State, participated in a luncheon held at a hotel on the Place au Plateau.
Exchanges continued between the Portuguese minister and his Ivorian counterpart.
After meeting behind closed doors, Candia Camara The host of the day spoke to the press before the meal began.
She praised the bilateral relations between Portugal and her country. According to Camara, these bilateral relations were strengthened in 2015, 4 years after Ouattara assumed the highest position.
His Excellency Mr. Alassane Ouattara, immediately after assuming the presidency in 2011, adopted the policy of strengthening relations with brotherly and friendly countries. In this context, Côte d’Ivoire and Portugal are committed to injecting a new dynamism into their bilateral relations, which, in 2015, led to the inauguration ofEmbassy From Ivory Coast to Lisbon And in 2021, upon the reopening of the Portuguese diplomatic representation in Abidjan, which you personally inaugurated yesterday, strengthening your country’s presence in Côte d’Ivoire. Your presence, this day, on the boards of Lagune Ebrié, témoigne ainsi de la vitalite retrouvée de our bilatérale cooperation et du raffermissement des d’amitié liens et de fructueuse cooperation qui unissent no deux pays », s’est justifiée the Ministre des foreign affairs.
Côte d’Ivoire and Portugal have historical ties dating back to the 15th century. On the basis of the strength of these relations, our two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975, at the instigation of Presidents Félix Houphouët-Boigny and Mario Soareswho decided to build a strong and beneficial friendship for the benefit of the welfare and closeness of the Ivorian and Portuguese peoples.
According to the Minister of State, from this same perspective that Presidents Alassane Ouattara and Marcelo Rebelo de Souza who pledged to continue their efforts to strengthen the Ivorian-Portuguese cooperation, through official and memorable visits, respectively, to Lisbon and in Abidjan in September 2017 and June 2019.
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“We fully appreciate this working visit, which gives us the opportunity to discuss together ways and means of further strengthening the multifaceted relations of cooperation between Côte d’Ivoire and Portugal,” he added. Candia Camara.
She wished for a stronger participation of Portuguese investors in the country’s economic activities, which will contribute to raising the level of trade volume estimated at 92.4 billion CFA francs in 2022.
“It is clear that, given the enormous potential that our two countries have, this will make it possible to raise them to a level that reflects the excellence of our relations,” said Ms. Camara.
The Ivorian Minister convened the Ivorian-Portuguese Bilateral Commission, which held its third session on May 28 and 29, 2019 in Abidjan.
The world is going through difficult times in the international context, times of upheaval in international relations caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as times when the West African region was subjected to terrorism.
A number of countries are already experiencing very serious consequences with the potential for export of terrorism to other countries, including Côte d’Ivoire and other coastal states.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, “It is in the most difficult moments that you have to be the closest of friends you can have friendships with trust.
Re-openEmbassy Portugal in Abidjan at this difficult time for international relations symbolizes our conviction of the importance of being from Côte d’Ivoire. Specifically, we proudly welcome the opening of the Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire in Lisbon In Portugal,” he insisted, Joao Gomez Cravinho.
The Portuguese minister remains convinced that in this context of international difficulties, there will be a strengthening of economic relations between the two countries.
For him, Côte d’Ivoire is experiencing a moment of stellar growth. Over the past decade, Côte d’Ivoire has achieved good results in the economic context.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal announced that for Portuguese economic agents the country is very attractive and it is very important to be able to settle in Côte d’Ivoire and participate in the process of growth and development of this beautiful country.
I am convinced that the reopening of the Embassy will help stimulate a stronger presence of economic agents in Côte d’Ivoire. It is in this spirit that I will work with my colleague, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Côte d’Ivoire, to welcome the Joint Commission to Lisbon At the beginning of 2024, I believe that it can make a difference for our peoples and regions that we strengthen relations between our two countries.