The President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, the First Lady Lorena Ponce de León, the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, and the Chilean First Lady Cecilia Morel (EFE)
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, arrived this Sunday in Uruguay, from Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), for the official visit that he develops this Monday, framed in a tour of several countries in the region, which will conclude a day later in Paraguay .
The flight with the Chilean delegation landed at Air Base 1, on the outskirts of Montevideo, after 10 pm (01.00 GMT on Monday). There the president was received by the Uruguayan vice chancellor, Carolina Ache; the Chilean ambassador to Uruguay, Iris Boeninger; and the Uruguayan ambassador to Chile, Alberto Fajardo, as confirmed by the undersecretary to Efe.
This Monday, Piñera and his wife, Cecilia Morel, were received by Luis Lacalle Pou and the local first lady, Lorena Ponce de León, in the presence of the official bodyguard of the Blandengues corps of the Uruguayan Army.
The meeting took place at the presidential residence of Suárez y Reyes, located in Montevideo. Both leaders discussed various issues on the bilateral agenda, such as the economy and health. In fact, in the meeting, the Health Ministers of Uruguay and Chile, Daniel Salinas and Enrique Paris, also participated. The working meeting concluded with a lunch with the respective foreign ministers, Andrés Allamand and Francisco Bustillo.
After the meeting with Lacalle Pou, Piñera had scheduled a meeting with Vice President Beatriz Argimón.
Uruguay’s Minister of Public Health, Daniel Salinas, and his Chilean counterpart, Enrique Paris, meet in Montevideo (EFE / Raúl Martínez)
Precisely the head of Uruguayan diplomacy commented this Friday, upon his return from New York, where he accompanied Lacalle in the United Nations General Assembly, that there he had the opportunity to talk with his Chilean colleague about the “new opportunity that Uruguay has” in “matter of international insertion”.
Uruguay announced weeks ago that it will carry out a pre-feasibility study with China to evaluate the possible signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), something that initially clashes with the position of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) of not allowing its partners trade outside the block.
The relaxation of the rules that govern in Mercosur sought by two of its partners (Uruguay and Brazil) will surely be one of the issues that is on the table of the meeting with the delegation of Chile, a country that is part of the Pacific Alliance. and the Forum for the Progress of South America (Prosur).
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After this meeting, Piñera will go to Parliament, where around 3:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT) he will be received by the Vice President of the Republic and President of the General Assembly, Beatriz Argimón, according to Legislative sources.
Along with the economic recovery after the global stoppage motivated by covid-19, the management of the pandemic will be another of the issues that will cross the Chilean president’s agenda in Uruguay.
The bilateral meetings began early in the morning with the visit of the Chilean Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, to his Uruguayan counterpart, Daniel Salinas, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Health of Uruguay (MSP), where they signed a memorandum of understanding between the two nations.
There, Paris said that the plant that the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac will install in Santiago, Chile “will export to all of Latin America” vaccines against covid-19 and this means “an important step” since they will be able to cooperate between all countries. Paris explained that the Chinese laboratory will install in the capital of his country a plant to fill -not manufacture- vials and a research institute in Antofagasta (north), which will help fight the pandemic in the region.
(With information from EFE)
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