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Pentagon chief flies to Uruguay for Defence Ministers of the Americas conference

Friday, October 5th 2012 - 22:41 UTC
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Leon Panetta plans to hold bilateral talks with his peers from seven Latin American countries Leon Panetta plans to hold bilateral talks with his peers from seven Latin American countries

United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta starts on Friday a week-long trip to Peru and Uruguay where he will attend the Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

This trip will “reaffirm the department's commitment to strengthening defence partnerships around the world, particularly in Latin America and Europe,” Pentagon spokesman George Little told a regular news briefing.

In Peru, Panetta will meet with President Ollanta Humala and his Peruvian counterpart Pedro Cateriano, to “convey our interest in further deepening the US-Peru bilateral defence relationship in the areas of counter-narcotics, counterterrorism, and humanitarian operations,” Little said.

“Peru is one of the United States' strongest democratic partners in South America and it is a country of growing regional importance,” he noted. “The United States cooperates with the Peruvian military on a range of activities, exercises, and training.”

In Uruguay, Panetta will participate in the 10th Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas, and hold bilateral meetings with defence leaders from seven Latin American nations.

“The emphasis of those discussions will be on strengthening partnerships and working with other nations to build their capacity to contribute to regional and international security efforts,” the Pentagon spokesman said.

From Uruguay and on the last leg of his trip, Panetta will travel to the NATO headquarters in Brussels for meetings with defence ministers of European allies on how to continue the progress made at the May NATO summit in Chicago regarding the alliance's plan to draw down troops from Afghanistan.

Categories: Politics, Latin America, Uruguay.

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  • ProRG_American

    This is a good thing in recovering America's image among Latin American allies after so much influence being lost due to British adventurism in the Malvinas war.

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 10:46 pm 0
  • reality check

    British adventureism. What? that would be when 10,000 British soldiers attacked 80 Argentine marines, under the cover of darkness would it? and how those same 10,000 British soldiers repulsed an Argentine task force of half their strength and won a glorious victory against overwhelming odds! would it? Do you mean that British adventureism. Just asking? like to get historical facts rights. You plonker, know what a ponker is? let me tranlate that into argyank for you, what a jerk!

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 11:11 pm 0
  • ProRG_American

    You mean like sinking a ship heading back to port on notice of a peace deal. I like your ability for creative insults. No harm done.

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 11:56 pm 0
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