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Chilean president begins state visit to Portugal

  • President of Chile Michelle Bachelet speaks during the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The Human Rights Council convenes a special meeting on the occasion of the visit of Bachelet. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    President of Chile Michelle Bachelet speaks during the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The Human Rights Council convenes a special meeting on the occasion of the visit of Bachelet. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, left, is greeted by her Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as she arrives for a welcome ceremony in Evora, Portugal, Thursday, March 30 2017. Bachelet is on a state visit to Portugal, where she is due to hold talks with local officials and preside at a bilateral trade conference. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

    Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, left, is greeted by her Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as she arrives for a welcome ceremony in Evora, Portugal, Thursday, March 30 2017. Bachelet is on a state visit to Portugal, where she is due to hold talks with local officials and preside at a bilateral trade conference. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, center right, stops to pose for a selfie with a local resident in front of the first century AD Roman temple of Diana in the center of Evora, Portugal, Thursday, March 30 2017. Bachelet is on a state visit to Portugal, where she is due to hold talks with local officials and preside at a bilateral trade conference. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

    Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, center right, stops to pose for a selfie with a local resident in front of the first century AD Roman temple of Diana in the center of Evora, Portugal, Thursday, March 30 2017. Bachelet is on a state visit to Portugal, where she is due to hold talks with local officials and preside at a bilateral trade conference. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)  (The Associated Press)

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is on a state visit to Portugal, where she is due to hold talks with local officials and preside at a bilateral trade conference.

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.

Bachelet was met by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and given full military honors in Evora's Giraldo square. The university said it was granting the award due to Bachelet's "exceptional" career as a doctor and her commitment to human rights and the wellbeing of the Chilean people.

Bachelet is scheduled to spend Friday in Lisbon, meeting with Prime Minister Antonio Costa and visiting Parliament as well as a business seminar.