BRASILIA – President Michel Temer met on Monday with Antonio Guterres, the next UN secretary-general, and reaffirmed Brazil’s “commitment” to the international organization’s goals of democracy and peace.
Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, is in Brasilia to attend the 11th Community of Portuguese-speaking Nations, or CPLP, summit.
The 67-year-old Guterres was received with honors at the Planalto presidential palace for his private meeting with Temer.
Temer told Guterres that Brazil “will continue working” with the United Nations and the international community to “promote democracy, peace and security,” along with efforts on sustainable development, officials told EFE.
Temer took office on Aug. 31 after President Dilma Rousseff was ousted by Congress, and the CPLP summit is his debut at a gathering of heads of state and government.
The members of the CPLP, created in 1996 on the initiative of Portugal, are Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and East Timor.
After his meeting with Temer, Guterres told reporters he was excited about the future of a group that he helped create while serving as Portugal’s premier from 1995 to 2002.
“Twenty years after being co-founder of the CPLP, it’s a great joy to return to a meeting of this organization and, now, as UN secretary-general,” Guterres said.
The CPLP “is alive and increasingly a part of the international community, committed to an agenda of sustainable development that coincides with the UN’s goals,” said Guterres, who will replace South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 1.
During its two-day summit, the CPLP is expected to approve a resolution laying out the group’s “new strategic vision” for the next 10 years.
This new “vision” aims to strengthen cooperation, particularly in the areas of economy, trade and business, and the CPLP’s presence as a group in all international forums, including efforts to promote the Portuguese language around the world.