Three Linguistic Spaces

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Tres Espacios Lingüísticos
Trois Espaces Linguistiques
Três Espaços Linguisticos

The Three Linguistic Spaces [1] (Tres Espacios Lingüísticos in Spanish, Trois Espaces Linguistiques in French, Três Espaços Linguísticos in Portuguese, acronym: TEL) is a structure for cooperation between the Francophone, or French-speaking world, the Hispanophone or Spanish-speaking world, and the Lusophone, or Portuguese-speaking world. It is led by the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). [2]

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  1. "Mensaje de los Tres espacios lingüísticos (TEL) con motivo de la jornada europea de las lenguas" (PDF). 26 September 2013. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  2. "Reunión Tres Espacios Lingüísticos". Retrieved 17 February 2016.