Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent a message of condolence to Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, over the passing of former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.
In his message, Xi said Sampaio was an outstanding statesman and leader, who enjoyed a high reputation in the international community.
Sampaio’s tenure witnessed Macao’s smooth return to China and the establishment of China-Portugal comprehensive strategic partnership, Xi said.
After leaving office as president, he continued caring for China-Portugal relations and supporting bilateral exchanges and cooperation, Xi said.
He noted that great importance was attached to the development of China-Portugal relations, the Chinese president said he was ready to work with President Rebelo de Sousa to carry on with traditional bilateral friendship.
This will deepen cooperation in various fields, to bring benefits to both countries and their people.