On the Occasion of Portugal Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 8, 2016


On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my best wishes to the people of Portugal as you observe Portugal Day.

On this date, we reflect on the rich contributions that the Portuguese people have made to world history from the era of Magellan, da Gama, and Luis de Camoes to modern times. Today, generations of Portuguese-Americans are weaving that vibrant culture into the fabric of American life. As a United States Senator from Massachusetts for more than 28 years, I was privileged to experience this firsthand in representing the largest Luso-American community in the United States. My wife Teresa was born and raised in pre-independence Mozambique, so I often hear “the language of Camoes” in my own home as a reminder of our close bilateral ties.

As Secretary of State, I have been pleased to work closely with your government as a NATO ally and strong partner in support of shared prosperity, international peace, democracy, and human rights.

I wish all the people of Portugal happiness and continued success on this special day.