Secretary Clinton and Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez

Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 23, 2009

In the context of President Michelle Bachelet of Chile’s visit to meet with President Barack Obama, the United States and Chilean governments have agreed to consult on ways to work in partnership to enhance our respective foreign assistance programs and ensure progress toward mutual goals. In particular, we will seek to cooperate in addressing the problems of fighting extreme poverty; improving education and enhancing social protection, especially for marginalized or lower income segments of society; assisting governments to strengthen judicial services and law enforcement, and working together to advance socioeconomic inclusion; and promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Americas.

To take full advantage of the increased scale such cooperation may permit, the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs will consult together and with the governments of prospective recipient countries leading to cooperation on specific projects and activities. We will continue to consult with each other on how best to coordinate to capitalize on each country’s contributions toward the economic and social development in the hemisphere.

We expect this renewed cooperation will lead to collaborative efforts on programs such as: agricultural production and food safety; improved police training and citizen security; improvements in maternal health care and increased access to health services for the poor; enhancing and expanding social protection networks; and public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. This is not an exclusive list and we are ready to work with each other in other areas and with third countries whose governments find such cooperation beneficial.

PRN: 2009/630