Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 07:31 UTC

Venezuelan situation impedes Mercosur summit to take place in Caracas, says Almargo

Almagro stated that Venezuela has other priorities such as the peace dialogue and the social situation

Uruguay Foreign Affairs minister Luis Almagro said that the political situation in Venezuela makes it quite improbable that the three-times postponed and since delayed Mercosur summit can effectively take place in Caracas sometime in the next two months.

Friday, May 16th 2014 - 10:17 UTC

Mujica calls on countries to leave aside individual interests and address global problems

In his last day of meetings Mujica addressed the OAS Permanente Council

The President of Uruguay, José Mujica called on countries to put aside individual interests, address global problems such as climate change, and give more decision-making power to international organizations. Mujica is on a four day visit to Washington and on Thursday visited the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, OAS.

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 07:41 UTC

Mujica's reference to Uruguayan's work contraction triggered controversy

The president said that “we are not hard workers, just so-so”

President Mujica's speech before the US Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday had its good side, the strong references to Brazil and the fact Uruguay is a 'decent country' and 'we don't go around bribing people', but there was also another side which was controversial.

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 07:28 UTC

“Good manners” take you further, fighting is 'senseless' confessed Mujica

The Uruguayan leader recalled the times fifty years ago when he worked for the Minister of Industry Erro

President Jose Mujica in a private dinner with Uruguayan media in Washington revealed that in his meetings with US officials he tried to show that with 'good manners' you can disagree and also advance because it is 'senseless' to fight. He also anticipated that when his mandate is over he plans to visit the Basque provinces from where his ancestors came to Uruguay in 1840.

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

Mujica admits Mercosur problems but praises Brazil's open market attitude

The Uruguayan president next to the World Bank's Jorge Familiar  and CNN's Juan Carlos Lopez

In a 'dialogue without ties' at the World Bank President Jose Mujica said that Uruguay is a 'frontier country' which history did not want it to belong to any of the two big neighbors (Argentina and Brazil) so that the Atlantic ocean would not be left to an only country.

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 01:01 UTC

Surprise in Argentina that Mujica should have said “Uruguayans don't go around bribing”

Oscar Parrilli, the closest non family aid of Cristina Fernandez insisted that Argentines don't go around bribing

A top official from Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said that “Argentines do not bribe” and does not know why the Uruguayan leader Jose Mujica should have brought up that issue during his current visit to the United States.

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 00:38 UTC

Next US ambassador to Uruguay could be a New Mexico sheep farmer

Mujica made the announcement after meeting with US Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica said that the future US ambassador in Montevideo could “probably” be Edward Avalos, currently Under Secretary for trade and regulatory programs from the US Department of Agriculture.

Wednesday, May 14th 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Uruguay offers 'tremendous guarantees' and is a 'decent country' Mujica tells US investors

The Uruguayan president captivated the audience at the US Chamber of Commerce

Uruguay offers “tremendous guarantees” for investors and is “a decent country”, said President Jose Mujica on his second day visit to Washington where he addressed 120 business people at the US Chamber of Commerce during a Tuesday morning work-breakfast.

Wednesday, May 14th 2014 - 05:19 UTC

Mujica meets Kerry to implement support at technology and education levels

Secretary Kerry described Uruguay as an old reliable friend of the US

President Jose Mujica addressing US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Uruguay has a significant deficit in technology and scientific education, and was hopeful that cooperation with the United States would help insisting that the goal is achieving equality and wealth distribution.

Wednesday, May 14th 2014 - 05:08 UTC

The very good reasons to invest in Uruguay, according to Minister Bergara

The minister however admitted some challenges: infrastructure, qualified labor and short and midterm inflation

Minister of Economy Mario Bergara addressed on Tuesday the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington and said Uruguay was a good place to invest because despite being a small market, it was a good launching pad to develop in the region.


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