Obama to host Portugal's Silva on Wednesday
US President Barack Obama will host his Portuguese counterpart Anibal Cavaco Silva at an Oval Office meeting this week, the White House announced Saturday.
"The President welcomes the opportunity to reciprocate the warm hospitality that he received during his visit to Lisbon in November 2010," a statement said, noting that the meeting was set for Wednesday.
The United States and Portugal "are strong NATO allies and cooperate closely in the United Nations Security Council," the statement added. Portugal is currently serving as the council's rotating president.
The discussions in Washington will include preparations for the 2012 NATO Summit to be held in Chicago, the boosting of economic ties, and US support for Portugal implementing its IMF-EU reform program.
Portugal has in recent months struggled to overhaul its troubled economy after this year receiving a 78-billion-euro ($107 million) bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund, which was conditioned on a tough austerity effort to be carried out over three years.
© 2011 AFP