June designated ‘Portuguese American Heritage Month’ in Mass.

BOSTON — Referring to the centuries-old strong ties between Portugal and the United States, Portugal’s new Consul General in Boston, Tiago Araújo, said there are many opportunities to further cement this relationship given the current state of affairs. world affairs and the Russian-Ukrainian war. “has made it even more urgent for us to think about the way forward.”

The 38th annual Portugal Heritage Day at the Massachusetts State House was held virtually on June 21.

“We need a renewed vision of Atlanticism and Massachusetts is well positioned to lead that debate on this side of the ocean, with Portugal also and equally well positioned on the other side,” said Araújo, guest speaker at the 38th Annual Heritage Day. of Portugal at the Massachusetts State House, held virtually on June 21 and hosted by the Massachusetts Portuguese US Legislative Caucus.

Founded by former Representative Robert Correia in 1985, the annual event is usually celebrated in person at the State House in the House Chamber to recognize the achievements of Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans in Massachusetts and the country.

According to the diplomat, the concept of Atlanticism should go “beyond simple questions of defense and military power” and encompass “closer cooperation in the economy, innovation, science and technology, digital transitions and energy and the fight against climate change”.

Consul General of Portugal in Boston Tiago Araújo.  Photo submitted.

He stressed that the current strategic environment highlights even more the importance of this bilateral cooperation and that Portugal, due to its geographical position, can play a privileged role in the energy security and diversification of the European continent due to its potential for liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports and transatlantic transit routes.

“Portugal and the United States have developed a productive dialogue on current and future energy policy and infrastructure,” he said. “The Port of Sines, for example, has enormous potential as a European gateway for US energy exports to European markets. It is therefore essential to ensure the development of infrastructures favoring an efficient and interconnected LNG market linking the Atlantic coast to the European hinterland, thus reducing energy dependence on Russia.

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