On behalf of the American people, I extend my best wishes to the people of Portugal on your national day.

Over one million Americans can trace their roots back to Portugal, and our countries share strong and longstanding bonds of friendship and alliance.  President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s visit to the United States and meeting with President Trump in June 2018 continued our tradition of close and fruitful bilateral relations, which dates back to Portugal’s diplomatic recognition of the United States in 1791.  Portugal is a valued partner, friend, and NATO Ally.  We work together closely to promote our cultural and historical ties, enhance our shared prosperity, and ensure our joint security.

We look forward to a future of continued friendship and close cooperation with Portugal.

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