On July 18, Carl C. Risch became the first Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs to visit Portugal. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Risch met with officials from Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss bilateral cooperation on Consular issues and to express his appreciation for the strong partnership between our two countries.
Assistant Secretary Risch met with SEF Director, Dr. Cristina Gatoes, to discuss immigration and border control cooperation between the United States and Portugal. Assistant Secretary Risch expressed his appreciation for the excellent working relationship.
Ambassador Glass and Assistant Secretary Risch also met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Director General of Consular Affairs, Julio Vilela, and Deputy Director of Consular Affairs, Maria Jose Carujo, to discuss Consular cooperation supporting American and Portuguese citizens abroad.
Assistant Secretary Risch made time during his visit to talk to Lisbon’s Consular staff and thank them for their service. As tourism, business partnerships, and cultural exchanges have increased between the United States and Portugal, so too has the demand for Consular services.