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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Upcoming Visit of President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal

President Obama will host President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal for a meeting in the Oval Office on Wednesday, November 9th.  The President welcomes the opportunity to reciprocate the warm hospitality that he received during his visit to Lisbon in November 2010.  The United States and Portugal are strong NATO allies and cooperate closely in the United Nations Security Council, where Portugal currently serves as Council President.  President Obama looks forward to consulting with President Cavaco Silva about preparations for the 2012 NATO Summit that the U.S. will host in Chicago.  The two Presidents will also discuss the revitalized U.S.-Portugal Bilateral Commission, enhancement of bilateral economic and commercial relations, cooperation in education, science and technology, the promotion of democracy, good governance and human rights around the world, and U.S. support for Portugal’s implementation of its IMF-EU reform program.