Remarks With Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
August 3, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am delighted to welcome Minister Moreno here to the State Department. He and I have had the opportunity to meet a number of times over the course of the last year, and it’s always an important meeting because we have so much in common with Chile and so much work we are doing together, as well as the increasing leadership role that Chile is playing both regionally and globally.

So Minister, I know you’re here for the exciting opening of the exhibition at the Smithsonian about the great rescue of the miners, and I’m happy that we’ve had this chance to visit about our full agenda together.

FOREIGN MINISTER MORENO: Well, thank you, Secretary, and thank you for receiving us. It’s a great opportunity to talk about all the things that we have in common with the U.S. Also, as you already told the press, we have this fantastic opportunity at the Smithsonian, where we’ll remember what happened last year and where the U.S. and all of your technology and your companies and all your support was so important.

So now, we will be also following what happened with President Obama’s visit to Chile, which was very important not only for Chile, but also for the region. So we can go over all those issues that we talked about on that date.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Minister. Thank you all very much.

PRN: 2011/1272