Lisbon, Portugal – The President of the United States, Donald Trump, telephoned the Portuguese Head of State, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today to address various bilateral issues and took the opportunity to praise the Portuguese management of the coronavirus, which has caused in the country 1,007 deaths and more than 25,300 infections.
According to a statement from the Portuguese presidency, the conversation took place this afternoon in a “very cordial” tone, and it addressed “various matters of bilateral interest, particularly of an economic nature, and the international situation.”
“The US president praised the Portuguese performance during this pandemic outbreak and offered any help that was considered useful and necessary, which the Portuguese president appreciated,” the note said.RELATED
For his part, Rebelo de Sousa “underlined the importance of international cooperation and the multilateral framework of international organizations to face common challenges, including the priority in the fight against the pandemic and the importance of the lessons learned.”
Portugal, with ten million inhabitants, has registered 1,007 deaths and more than 25,300 infected with coronavirus to date, but the contagion curve is considered already controlled.
For this reason, the country is preparing to lift the state of emergency and move to a state of “calamity” at midnight this Sunday, under which it will undertake a plan for progressive de-escalation that will begin to be visible on Monday, April 4, with the opening of small shops, hairdressers, barbershops, bookstores and car dealers.