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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Portuguese Foreign Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho Before Their Meeting

FOREIGN MINISTER CRAVINHO:  Thank you very much.  I’m delighted to be here.  Thank you on behalf of my delegation as well.  Our bilateral relations are excellent, but there’s always more ambition, and we’re looking – I’m looking forward to exploring some ideas with you on this.
We’ve had an opportunity to see each other in the corridors of NATO in Brussels, but I’m especially glad to have you at the State Department in Washington, and look forward to a wide-ranging conversation.  So welcome.
SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  I’m so pleased to welcome my colleague, the foreign minister of Portugal, Joao Cravinho.  Welcome to the State Department.  It’s great to have you here.  And I think the timing couldn’t be better to pursue conversations on so many vital issues, starting with, of course, the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine, but the many other issues that bring the United States and Portugal together as the closest of partners, the closest of NATO Allies.  And also heading into the High-Level Week at the UN, I think it’s particularly good have you here now.
The international context is one in which we absolutely see eye to eye with the United States, and we’ve very pleased to say thank you to the United States for the leadership shown during this terrible crisis that we’re living through in the wake of the February 24th invasion of the  Ukraine, but which has brought up also so many other challenges in the international sphere.  For Latin America, Africa, there is enormous amount on our joint agenda, and I’m looking forward to exploring these issues with you.  Thank you.
SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thanks, everyone.

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