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President of the Republic: “The success of this meeting matters to Portugal”

President of the Republic, Secretary General of SEGIB, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Sea at the 5th Strategic Triangle Meeting: Latin America-Europe-Africa

The President of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, the former Vice-Prime Minister of Portugal, Paulo Portas, and the Head of the Royal House of Morocco, Youssef Amrani, were also present at the main platform for political and business dialogue on the Atlantic, in Portugal. António Guterres made a point of recording a video message to the participants and guests of the “Strategic Triangle”.

The inauguration of the work was led by the President of the Republic of Portugal, who highlighted the “thriving” reality of Latin America, a region that, for the Head of State, is one of the “stable coordinates” of Portuguese foreign policy. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also argued that the challenges and solutions to overcome Europe’s crossroads pass through Africa.


The initiative, jointly organized by IPDAL, the Iberoamerican General Secretariat, Caixa Geral de Depósitos and Abreu Advogados, was closed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva and the Iberoamerican General Secretary, who agreed that the new world order passes through Atlantic and the determining role of Portuguese and Spanish languages.


The 5th “Strategic Triangle” Meeting took place on the 23rd and 24th of May, at Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest, and brought together the main Portuguese and international experts and decision-makers on Atlantic issues.

On the first day, an Ambassadors’ conference took place with the Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation, Paola Amadei, and the Ambassadors, by protocol precedence, from the three regions: Africa (Morocco), Europe (Cyprus) and Latin America (Colombia) . This was followed by a panel dedicated to “Strengthening Portugal’s Atlantic Alignment”, with the former Vice-Prime Minister Paulo Portas, the State Councilor, Luís Marques Mendes, the former Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ambassador Francisco Seixas da Costa, and Johns Hopkins researcher Bernardo Pires de Lima.

The day was closed by the representative of His Majesty the King of Morocco, Minister Youssef Amrani.


The Lisbon City Council was represented by the councilor responsible for International Relations, Carlos Manuel Castro, who also made a speech on behalf of the municipality that has hosted the initiative for five consecutive years.

On the 24th, the work was inaugurated by a video message from Portugal’s candidate for Secretary-General of the United Nations, former Prime Minister and former High Commissioner for Refugees. António Guterres considered the Triangle a “hope for Humanity” and a “strategic priority for Portugal”. Two technical discussion panels followed, the first on Cooperation and the second on Financial Entities and the role of Multilaterals.

The last panel, dedicated to the theme “Atlantic – Ocean of the 21st century”, was inaugurated by the Minister of the Sea and brought together institutions and personalities such as the Mayor of Cascais, the President of the Ports of Sines do Algarve, a Senator from the Republic of Paraguay , Ambassador Alda Melo Santos, from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), the deputy to the Assembly of the Republic, and professor at ISCTE, Eurico Brilhante Dias, among other distinguished guests and partners.

This year – in addition to being delivered, as always, to the main Portuguese, European, Latin American and African institutions – the policy paper with the initiative’s conclusions will be discussed in several capitals in the three regions.


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IPDAL thanks again all the support and partners of the initiative:
Iberoamerican General Secretariat, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Abreu Advogados, TAP, Sines and Algarve Port Administration, CAF – development bank of Latin America, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Indra, Real Instituto Elcano, Cascais City Council, Camões – Institute of Cooperation and Language, Inter-American Development Bank, BIAL, Madeira Development Society, Sotheby’s, SOFID, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, EULAC Foundation, Imamat Ismaili and Aga Khan Network for Development, CPLP, North-South Center of Council of Europe, Lisbon City Council, Oikos, Instituto Atlántico de Gobierno, Union of Portuguese-Speaking Capital Cities (UCCLA), Llorente and Cuenca and Diário de Notícias.