SAN JOSE, CA., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa received a warm welcome from San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo and other local officials when he landed late Saturday night after a whirlwind cross-country trip as he begins a busy trip through California.
Local officials greeted the president on Saturday evening upon his arrival at Mineta San Jose International Airport with a delegation of Portuguese government officials.
President Sousa Rebel was met by Silicon Valley Chief of Protocol Deanna Tryon and received a red carpet welcome from San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo, who presented the president with a city proclamation. Tryon presented the President with a copy of by Mary Wadden Silicon Valley: A Story in Pictures, and a “care pack” featuring locally sourced essential oils by Bay Area company Nectar Essences.
Mineta San Jose International Airport has been a very popular arrival and departure airport for many world leaders over the past decade due to its easy access to many of the stops that are customary when heads of state and heads of government visit the region. Tryon said, “It’s so nice to see diplomatic activity increasing again in Silicon Valley. We are very happy that the President Sousa Rebel enjoy the hospitality of our region. We are always ready to “roll out the red carpet” and invite the global community to Silicon Valley.”
Several world leaders were due to arrive this month, due to the convenience of a visit during the first United Nations General Assembly in three years, but plans had to be changed due to the death of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
President At Rebelo de Sousa busy schedule in California includes events with the Portuguese Diaspora in the Bay Area and an address to Stanford University. The president will also throw out the first pitch in Tuesday night’s Giants vs. Rockies game at Oracle Park at San Francisco during the Portuguese Heritage Night.
The Silicon Valley Office of Protocol assists government and business leaders from Silicon Valley’s 44 cities and 5 counties with protocol, and helps coordinate visits by heads of state and heads of government through the international airport Mineta San Jose since 2014. Their mission includes helping to strengthen relationships between local and international governments and businesses.
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SOURCE Silicon Valley Protocol Office