Subject: LUSA: President Gusmão heading to Mozambique for visit

East Timor: President Gusmão heading to Mozambique for visit, ACP summit

Maputo, June 16 (Lusa) - East Timorese President Xanana Gusmão begins a weeklong visit to Mozambique Thursday, his first to one of Africa's five Lusophone countries.

During his stay in Maputo, Gusmão will also attend for the first time a summit of ACP leaders from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Dili's chargé d'affairs in the Mozambican capital, Marina Alkatiri, the wife of the Timorese prime minister, told Lusa Wednesday that Gusmão would participate in discussions of "all subjects" raised at the summit of the ACP, a grouping newly independent East Timor joined in March 2003.

Gusmão's visit to Mozambique, a key backer of Timor's long resistance to Indonesian occupation, kicks off a series of planned visits to all Dili's African partners in the Community of Portuguese- speaking Countries (CPLP).

After attending the July 26-27 CPLP summit in Sao Tome and Principe, the Timorese leader is also scheduled to visit successively Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.

MMT/SAS Lusa


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