Portugal's National Day
Secretary of State
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes and congratulations to the people of Portugal as you celebrate the Day of Portugal.
The United States has always counted Portugal among its closest friends, from the establishment of our diplomatic ties in 1791 to today’s multifaceted relationship anchored in the NATO alliance and our common democratic values. Portugal and the United States are working to bring stability and peace to troubled regions, to combat terrorism and drug trafficking, and to increase our mutual prosperity.
Americans of Portuguese descent have made great contributions to the United States, and this 1.3 million-strong community does much to maintain the strength of our bilateral relations. On this important occasion, we reiterate our commitment to further deepen the friendship between the United States and Portugal and look forward to continued cooperation with our Portuguese partners.