Portugal’s new ambassador to the United States wants to deepen bilateral relations

WASHINGTON — Portugal’s new ambassador to the United States, Francisco Duarte Lopes, pledged Monday to work to “deepen an already mature and exceptionally close relationship” between Portugal and the United States.

In a message signed by the Ambassador and posted on the Embassy’s Facebook page, Francisco Duarte Lopes highlighted “the well-established and long-standing friendship between Portugal and the United States”, which began shortly after the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776, and is “anchored in geographic proximity, an enduring sharing of principles, values, and interests, and a continued strengthening of two-way trade and investment.

A career diplomat, Francisco Duarte Lopes was previously Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations since 2017.

“It is with great honor that I assume the role of Ambassador of Portugal to the United States of America. Continuing the legacy of my predecessors, I will use the best of my abilities and efforts to deepen an already mature and exceptionally close relationship between our two countries,” the diplomat wrote.

According to the ambassador, relations between the two countries “have been sustained by the instrumental contributions of the traditional, dynamic and diverse Portuguese and Luso-American community”, as well as their associations, “some of which are already centuries old” and “over recently by the growing North American community living in Portugal.”

In his new functions, in addition to his embassy team, Francisco Duarte Lopes will rely on the support of the Consulates General of New York, Boston, Newark and San Francisco, the Consulate of New Bedford, the Vice-Consulate of Providence and the Honorary President Consuls, as well as delegations from AICEP, visitPortugal and the Portuguese-speaking teaching team.

“We also want to be at the service of American citizens, companies and institutions, so that Portugal and the many opportunities for trade, tourism or cultural and academic exchanges in Portugal, in the European Union and in the CPLP – Portuguese Language Community The countries – are increasingly well known in the United States,” the ambassador added.

Born in Castelo Branco, Portugal, Francisco Duarte Lopes, 59, graduated in law from Faculdade de Direito de Lisboa.

He held the position of Director General for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal until his arrival at the United Nations. He replaces Domingos Fezas Vital, who became Portugal’s ambassador to Washington in 2015 and is currently Portugal’s ambassador to the Holy See.