On the Occasion of Portugal Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 8, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Portuguese people as you celebrate Portugal Day on June 10.

Since the founding of the United States over two centuries ago, Portugal has been an important partner and ally. The relationship between our two countries, which spans the range of cultural, economic, and security ties, has strengthened the Atlantic community. Our two nations share a commitment to human rights, liberty, and democracy.

Portugal plays an important role in global affairs and international security through its commitments to NATO, the United Nations, and other multilateral organizations. The United States is proud to work with Portugal to defend freedom throughout the world. I enjoyed meeting with Foreign Minister Machete in April and look forward to continuing our work on important global issues in the year to come.

I wish the Portuguese people joy and continued success this Portugal Day as you celebrate your rich culture, history, and the life and work of Luís de Camões.