President defends border decisions should be taken bilaterally

in News · 24-05-2020 10:28:00 · 1 Comments

President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has commented on the Spanish Government's decision to open borders in July, considering that issues like this should be dealt with “in a bilateral climate”.

The Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, announced that he will open borders in July and promises to give health security guarantees to tourists, challenging the Spaniards to plan their holidays, right now, in national territory.

“I didn't want to talk about this topic, because it is a topic that we understand must be dealt with in a bilateral climate. If it is a bilateral climate, everything that is done unilaterally on the one hand, without talking to the other, has a strong chance of not working out ”, warned the Portuguese head of state.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a visit to the Food Bank Against Hunger, in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed that he prefers "to follow the path that has been followed in the Portuguese part, which is the bilateral path".

“It is closed by mutual agreement and then the steps are taken, whatever they are, they are steps that should not be unilateral. It cannot be a State saying 'I understand' - or it should not be - 'I understand this', without there being a concert like others ”, defended the President of the Republic.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was also asked about the negotiations with Spain and the United Kingdom, with the objective of creating corridors that facilitate the movement of emigrants and tourists to Portugal without having to comply with the quarantine imposed by those countries, resulting from the covid-19 pandemic.

To the journalists, the President said that these negotiations are also taking place "with other countries" and made it clear that Portugal "has been doing diplomatic diligence" to "understand whether or not there are other countries in the field of tourism, in which there are interest in creating anything like tourism corridors ”.

Asked to detail with which countries these contacts are being made, the President replied: "I probably know [which ones are], but now it doesn't occur to me".

“Either you start to take care of it in advance, or later it is treated in the nick of time. It makes sense to start dealing now, even if the question arises in a month, two months, three months, four months ”, he defended, considering that“ the worst that can be in politics, as in life, is to leave it for the last minute you start talking about these topics ”.

At the end of the visit, the President was also asked about TAP and the fact that the Government did not exclude the airline's insolvency scenario.

“Everything that the President of the Republic says about it only makes it difficult, not easy. And in situations that are already complex, the President of the Republic should be giving his opinion - which citizen Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa - on what TAP he would like, what capital for TAP, what a financial solution, any of us with the experience he has in life - I am a little older and have more experience - we know that this will not make anything easier, it will only make it difficult ”, he defended.


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