The statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to a meeting held virtually by the Permanent Bilateral Commission (CBP) earlier in the month, which highlighted the intention to intensify “close collaboration with the United States that guarantees a strengthening of trade and investment flows.”
According to the declaration, the Secretary of State for Internationalisation, Eurico Brilhante Dias presented “Portuguese perspectives of socioeconomic recovery in the context of the pandemic Covid-19”, which include measures such as “market facilitation, containment of trade defence measures and promotion of partnerships on value chains.”
“Portugal reiterated its concern about the tariffs applied to Azorean dairy products, as well as with those currently under consideration in the review process”, said the joint statement adopted by CBP.
Some challenges are “disinformation” and investment in “critical areas for national security”, read in the note from the ministry.
The Permanent Bilateral Commission between Portugal and the United States indicates that there is “potential to explore more robust collaboration in cooperative maritime security and in the development of defence capabilities” between the two countries.
“The US and Portugal also agreed that it is vitally important to maintain defence investments during these turbulent times,” says CBP.