Secretary Clinton met with Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado today in Lisbon. Secretary Clinton said, "I am particularly pleased that Portugal and the United States have such a long and productive relationship. We cooperate in many areas. The United States is grateful for the 65th Air Force Wing, which has had a presence in the Azores for 60 years. And we are committed to deepening and broadening our partnership through the bilateral commission, which the minister and I have agreed will be reinvigorated, as well as on a range of issues that concern us both.
"But we also cooperate with Portugal in multilateral venues as well -- certainly in NATO, in ISAF, in the EU-U.S. partnership which will be exemplified by the summit here tomorrow -- on a range of regional and global issues that affect us both. And I'm particularly looking forward to Portugal joining once again the United Nations Security Council starting next year, where the agenda is intense and wide-ranging, from Sudan to Iran and so many more critical matters that affect the people of both of our countries.
"I am also very pleased to have this chance to express our gratitude for the service and sacrifice of the Portuguese serving in Afghanistan. That is an extraordinary commitment and we are grateful to the people and Government of Portugal.
"We are committed to ongoing consultation and cooperation, and we appreciate greatly Portugal hosting the very important meetings. President Obama is looking forward to joining us in just a few hours and to the meetings we will be having with the president and prime minister."
After their meeting, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Amado released a joint statement on U.S.-Portugal bilateral cooperation, which read:
"During the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Minister of Foreign Affairs Luís Amado that took place in Lisbon, on November 19, 2010, the United States and Portugal reaffirmed their enduring political alliance.
"Both governments share the view that it would be beneficial to the United States and Portugal to expand and enhance bilateral cooperation across a range of policy areas.
"The 1995 Agreement on Cooperation and Defense and its Standing Bilateral Commission provide the necessary flexibility and mechanisms to strengthen the partnership and cooperation between both countries on different areas. Its potential should be developed fully.
"The Secretary of State and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have instructed the U.S. and Portuguese Heads of Delegation to the Standing Bilateral Commission to initiate discussions as to how we can best advance our shared interests and determine areas and methods of cooperation that will contribute to the revitalization of our partnership."
The full text of their joint remarks is available here.