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Implementing wishes for peace made in ringing the Bell of Peace
President of Sao Tome and Principe, awarded with FOWPAL
"The World Cultural Peace Award"

On November 23, 2005, President of Sao Tome and Principe, His Excellency Fradique de Menezes, led a group of more than twenty delegations to visit FOWPAL. Despite of his tight schedule, President Menezes specially managed this visit, so that he could have a good chat with Dr. Hong Tao-Tze, President of FOWPAL.

President of Sao Tome and Principe, His Excellency Menezes (left), and Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze (right) turn the symbolic key of the world together to promote world love and peace together. President of Sao Tome and Principe, His Excellency Menezes, is dancing with the young children of Tai Ji Men in the joyful evening.

President Menezes said his memory about last visit, although around 4 years ago, is still fresh. He also said “we felt that you were spreading the message of peace when I met you last time and the feeling is the same today. You are always real friends in my heart.” President Menezes is also the International Honorary Advisor of FOWPAL. Dr. Hong, in his welcome speech, mentioned that His Excellency is the very important key person to move the world forward. Mr. President is a member of the International Honorary Advisory Committee of FOWPAL. More and more countries and non-government organizations have joined the FOWPAL's quest for world peace and are willing to work with FOWPAL to create lives of excellence. Dr. Hong believes the good news can bring about more supports and encouragements in the international community. President Menezes and Dr. Hong turned the symbolic key of the world together, expressing their wishes to promote world love and peace in a cooperative manner.

On December 13, 2001, President Menezes rang the “Bell of World Love and Peace” and made his wish of “For children's smile”. His Excellency is the first African president to ring the bell. A long-lasting friendship with exchanges of wisdom started since then. In 2002, Dr. Hong was invited to visit Sao Tome and Principe, during which visit, Dr. Hong exchanged views of wisdoms to govern a nation with respect to society, economy, education, and culture.

President of FOWPAL, Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, awardes President Menezes "The World Cultural Peace Award". Delegates of the Sao Tome and Principe has a photo with Tai Ji Men Dizi

In July 2003, Sao Tome and Principe underwent a coup. After his safe return, President Menezes amnestied his political opponents and widely accommodated suggestions to reform his governance. He implemented the wishes for peace he had made. In recent years, President Menezes governs the nation by ways of peace, and he strives to improve the life and welfare of his people with the newly discovered oil deposit; in the same time, the President aggressively develops relationship with nations of western Africa. His Excellency has become a widely supported and adored president. FOWPAL has specially awarded President Menezes with “The World Cultural Peace Award”.

President Menezes also endorsed the Declaration of International Love and Peace Day, which was declared by Dr. Hong on September 15, 2005 in New York. Dr. Hong hopes that everyone can have the “worldview of love and peace” in every corner of every country. Everybody not only strives for his/her own welfare, but also unselfishly contributes to the survival of six billion population of the world.