The head of State, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said today that he did not applaud the speech of the United States President, Donald Trump, at the United Nations, “in obedience” to the Portuguese position for multilateralism and dialogue.
In this regard, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa emphasized that Portugal believes “above all in the orientation of the Secretary General of the United Nations”, António Guterres.
“We understand that his line to the United Nations is correct, it coincides with the line that we defend. There are other orientations, but they are different from ours,” he said.
The President of the Republic spoke to reporters at United Nations headquarters in New York about an hour and a half after he heard Donald Trump reject “the ideology of globalism” in favor of “the doctrine of patriotism” in a speech in the debate General of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of this Organization.
Asked why he did not applaud the speech of the US President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa answered that Portugal “on the subject of the role of the United Nations and the world situation has a vision that is to defend multilateralism, to defend dialogue.”
“To defend the concern with climate change, to defend the permanent agreement to resolve world conflicts, to defend free international trade and not protectionism,” he added.
The head of state said that the intervention he will make on Wednesday at the United Nations “goes in that direction”: “Therefore, due to the meaning of the intervention, it is natural that, in the face of the various interventions of other countries, we react in obedience to the our fundamental orientation, “he said.
“We have, above all, to defend what we believe in,” he said.