Powell Remarks Following Meeting With Cape Verde Foreign Minister - 9/6/2002
Remarks Following Meeting With Cape Verde Foreign Minister Manuel Sousa
Secretary Colin L. Powell
September 6, 2002
I'm very pleased during this brief stop in Cape Verde that I was able
to meet with Foreign Minister Sousa, and we spent some time discussing
relations between the United States and Cape Verde. We are very
pleased that we have good, strong relations with Cape Verde, and we
have been so pleased to see the development of your democracy, your
commitment to human rights, and the economic reform that you have
undertaken over the years. I want to assure the Cape Verdean people
that the United States will remain engaged and try to do everything we
can to support Cape Verde.
I also had the opportunity to thank the Foreign Minister for the
support that the Cape Verdean government has given to the United
States during the campaign against terrorism. There are issues we'll
be working on in the months ahead: Cape Verde's ability to acquire
funds from the Millennium Challenge account that President Bush has
announced and other efforts that we would like to undertake to assist
with investment and trade in Cape Verde.
We will always be thankful that so many Cape Verdeans have settled in
the United States. Really, we are, as the Foreign Minister noted,
almost one country because of the strong relationship not only between
Cape Verde and the United States as governments, but because of the
continuing family relations between the Cape Verdeans who live in New
England and the native Cape Verdeans.
So it's a great pleasure to be here. I wish my trip could have been
longer, but I look forward to a return. Thank you.
Released on September 6, 2002