Lisbon, Portugal, 26 April 2023 - The Permanent Representatives to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) attended a luncheon hosted at the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat. The CPLP was founded in 1996 in Lisbon, where it is headquartered, and serves as a multilateral forum to enhance mutual friendship and cooperation amongst its member-states, comprising Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste. A number of other countries and international organisations are Associated Observers.
Nazim Ahmad, the Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal, welcomed the Representatives, highlighting the CPLP's important role in uniting peoples from different continents, building bridges and promoting dialogue grounded in humanistic values and responsible citizenship.
His Excellency Oliveira Francisco, the Permanent Representative of Angola, which currently holds the presidency of the CPLP, expressed his gratitude for the gracious welcome, noting the valuable opportunity it provided for the visiting delegation to understand better the work of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network.