Vasco Cordeiro will accompany António Costa during his visit to Canada

The Prime Minister, António Costa, is taking the President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro, on the delegation of his visit to Canada, between tomorrow and May 5, During the four-day official visit to Canada, with passes through Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, the prime minister will have several meetings with the Portuguese community residing in that country, mostly of Azorean origin. The first point of the official program in Canada, on Wednesday, at the end of the afternoon in Ottawa, speeches of António Costa and of Vasco Cordeiro are planned in the Portuguese Recreational Center Lusitânia. In Toronto and Montreal (here on a Portuguese-speaking day), the Prime Minister and the President of the Regional Government of the Azores meet again with Portuguese and Portuguese descendants residing in that country. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement posted on the official website of the Canadian Government on the Internet, stressed the importance of his country to have about 480,000 citizens of Portuguese origin. In the conversations between António Costa and Justin Trudeau, in addition to the issues of free trade between the European Union and Canada, the problem of migratory waves will also be discussed. An issue that will be discussed between the two prime ministers, at a juncture in which Portugal presents the candidacy of the former socialist minister and European Commissioner António Vitorino to the position of director general of the International Organization for Migration, who will also be part of the entourage. In addition to António Vitorino and Vasco Cordeiro, the official delegation of António Costa’s visit to Canada are Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, the Portuguese State Secretaries of the Portuguese Communities, José Luís Carneiro, and the Internationalization, Eurico Dias, and the president of AICEP, Luís Castro Henriques. (…)

Source: Diário Açores, May 1st 2018

Published on 2 May, 2018