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President concludes commitments in Portugal with visit to cancer research centre

At the end of her state visit to Portugal, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said that the meetings she held with Portuguese leaders should lead to more co-operation between the two countries. Among the final commitments of the President was a visit to the Marian Sanctuary of Fatima and the centre for research into cancer and other diseases.

Th second and final day of her visit to the capital, Lisbon, started with a visit to the Champalimaud centre which is managed by a private foundation and is dedicated to biomedical research.

The President heard how the centre is researching and developing a specialized cure for cancer and other diseases through multidisciplinary methods. Some of the best specialists from more than 20 countries are contributing their expertise in the fields of biology, genetics, immunity, oncology, neurological science and psychology.

The President also visited the headquarters of the European Maritime Security agency which has been based in Lisbon since 2002. The EMSA has the role of reducing the risks of maritime accidents and pollution from ships by supervising the harbours of EU countries.

Accompanied by the Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, Chris Cardona and the Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue, Aaron Farrugia, officials from the agency explained how EMSA is providing technical assistance and co-operation to Maltese maritime agencies to ensure that regulations are adhered to and to avoid environmental disasters and loss of life.

The visit officially ended in Fatima where the President went to the place which is so beloved and dear to the Catholic Church where, 100 years ago, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the three children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.

The President was met by the Mayor of Ourem, Luis Alberqueque and visited the sites which are dedicated to Our lady of Fatima in Cova da Iria.  She heard Mass at the chapel which is located at the site where Our Lady appeared to the three Portuguese children. She also visited the basilica which is dedicated to the Holy Trinity where Jacinta and Francisco are now buried.

At the end of her visit, the President said that the talks she held in Portugal will continue to promote more collaboration with Malta at various levels.

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