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On January 24th, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva told journalists after a meeting of European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs ministers that “for several reasons,” Portugal will not send political representatives to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics ceremony and looks forward to the EU’s unity.

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Silva confirmed to the media on the 24th, “Portugal will not have political representation at the opening or closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, and we are also coordinating with the other European states on this matter, but we will not have political representation at the opening or closing ceremony.”

The reasons for his absence, he said, include “the political moment in Portugal” and “the European Union’s own sense of unity” during the current “circumstances.” He also admitted that the Winter Olympic Games are not, “from a sporting point of view, the main national sports.” The political moment in Portugal he mentioned was referring to the upcoming early parliamentary elections on January 30th.

On the 20th, the European Parliament passed a resolution related to human rights violations in Hong Kong. Addressing China’s attempt to “legitimize its authoritarian system,” the resolution called on member states to adopt a diplomatic and political boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. “There is a coordination going on (among the 27), obviously respecting all the interests of each Member State,” Silva said.

To condemn China’s human rights violations, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, not sending delegations while not preventing athletes from participating. The European Parliament also advised member states to launch a diplomatic and political boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics from February 4th to 20th.

Reference link: https://gnews.org/post/p1916342/

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