scene of the meeting
Zhong Yanqun, fulltime deputy director of the World Expo 2010 Shanghai Executive Committee presents Expo Shanghai souvenir to Luis Amado, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal.
Both the organizer of Shanghai World Expo 2010 and Portuguese senior officials believe Expo 2010 will help further bilateral ties and friendship between the two countries.
Zhong Yanqun, fulltime deputy director of the World Expo 2010 Shanghai Executive Committee, and Luis Amado, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, made the comments during a meeting on Friday.
A delegation led by Zhong held a meeting with Portuguese officials on Friday in Portugal to discuss Expo 2010 issues.
Zhong said preparations were well underway thanks to the support of the international community. She noted that the 1998 Lisbon World Expo was a magnificent event in the world fair's history and that it boosted the economic development of Portugal, particularly its tourism industry.
Expo 2010 would provide a major platform for Portugal to promote its image to the Chinese people, thus attracting more Chinese to visit the country and push forward bilateral cooperation and friendship, according to Zhong.
Amado said the government firmly supported Expo Shanghai and its Cabinet would hold a special meeting this week to discuss its participation.
He said the Portuguese government attached great importance to cooperation with China in various fields and the Expo would constitute a driving force for bilateral ties.
Portugal had already appointed a commissioner general for its participation, Amado said, adding that he had urged relevant departments to sign the official participation contract soon.
The country would present a high-quality exhibit, Amado told Zhong.
The delegation also met Gao Kexiang, Chinese Ambassador to Portugal, and held discussions with Rolando Borges Martins, commissioner general for Portugal's exhibit and former chairman of the Board of Parque Expo 98, operator of the Lisbon World Expo.