Costa says Portugal speaks with “one voice” on foreign policy and refuses to comment on housing veto


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Prime Minister António Costa said today that Portugal always speaks “with one voice” when it comes to foreign policy, rejecting controversy, and refused to comment on the President’s veto of the housing package.

“As you know, I have a rule – and I like to keep to rules – which is that when we’re abroad we don’t talk about domestic policy issues and when we’re talking about foreign policy Portugal always speaks with one voice,” said António Costa on his arrival in São Tomé and Príncipe, where he is taking part in the summit of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) on Sunday.

“When the President of the Republic speaks, when the Prime Minister speaks, when the President of the Assembly of the Republic speaks, when the Minister for Foreign Affairs speaks, we speak with one voice, so there are no polemics,” he said, without specifying what he was referring to.

On arrival in São Tomé, the Prime Minister was asked if he had already spoken to the President of the Republic after he vetoed the changes to the housing legislation and about the controversies that have marked the national news.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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