Chile’s President Bachelet slams protectionism, isolationism during Portugal visit

EVORA, Portugal- Chile’s president Michelle Bachelet Thursday criticized isolationist foreign policies and protectionism in trade during a state visit to Portugal.

Multilateralism is “crucial” to address global challenges, Bachelet said during a news conference, highlighting that “we must have coordinated and cooperative responses to make the voices of the many heard.”

Bachelet said she hoped to bring about an increase in trade with Portugal through her two-day visit, which includes presiding at a bilateral trade conference Friday.

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Bachelet arrived Thursday in Evora, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of the capital Lisbon, where she was to receive an honorary doctorate from the city’s university.

She was met by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and given full military honors in Evora’s Giraldo square.

The president is scheduled to spend Friday in Lisbon, meeting with Prime Minister Antonio Costa and visiting Parliament.