This Monday, the President of the Republic welcomed the announcement by the US administration that from November onwards, foreign travelers vaccinated against Covid-19, including those from the European Union, will be able to enter the United States of America.
“We are happy to see this announcement of an eventual North American decision in November, which is so important for many countries and so important for Portugal and for other countries in the European Union,” Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told journalists, along with the permanent mission. of Portugal at the United Nations in New York.
With the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, at his side, the head of State pointed out that “November means the eve of the month of Christmas” and reiterated that this “is good news, very good news”.
“For us it is very important because we have a degree of vaccination and a digital vaccination certificate that allows the movement of so many Portuguese people to the United States and of our Portuguese-American community to Portugal,” he said.
At the international level, according to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “without wanting to draw on the Portuguese laurels, country by country is recognizing all that Portugal has done in the field of combating the pandemic, namely in terms of vaccination”.
“And even countries with very high percentages recognize the very strong position of primacy of Portugal”, he said.
The US administration announced this Monday that as of November it will allow the entry of travelers, including those from the European Union, who have completed vaccination.
Before boarding, travelers must provide proof of vaccination and a negative test taken in the three days prior to travel, said Jeffrey Zients, White House coordinator for combating the Covid-19 pandemic, at a virtual press conference.
The President of the Republic arrived on Saturday in the United States of America, where he will stay until Wednesday, to participate in the 76th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).
Regarding the bilateral meeting that he had this Monday with the President of the Republic of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in New York, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considered that “it went very well”, referring that Portugal has “a tradition of exchange with this country of support in terms of candidacies” for international positions and “a climate of support in the group of countries in which each one belongs”.
“It turns out that we have the oceans in common. There was an opportunity to talk about the importance of next year’s conference, the presence of the Maldives, the presence of the President of the Maldives and collaboration on this great theme, on this great priority of climate change” , reported.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa added that there was also talk of “bilateral, economic collaboration in tourism” during this meeting, which was also attended by the minister of Foreign Affairs and the permanent representative of Portugal to the United Nations, ambassador Francisco Duarte Lopes.
According to the head of state, “there were also requests from the Maldives in social domains such as education, such as health, in domains related to youth”.
“Although in theory geographically very distant, we share the same priorities in global terms and we want to take bilateral collaboration further,” he said.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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