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Pompeo and Uruguay president elect Lacalle Pou look forward to a closer partnership

Tuesday, January 7th 2020 - 09:55 UTC
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Pompeo tweeted that ”the US looks forward to developing a closer partnership with Uruguay based on our commitment to expand economic prosperity and strengthen democratic institutions and security in t Pompeo tweeted that ”the US looks forward to developing a closer partnership with Uruguay based on our commitment to expand economic prosperity and strengthen democratic institutions and security in t

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Monday to Uruguayan president-elect Luis Lacalle Pou to congratulate him on his November 24 presidential election victory and to discuss expanding bilateral economic engagement and deeper political cooperation.

Following the exchange Pompeo twitted that “the US looks forward to developing a closer partnership with Uruguay based on our commitment to expand economic prosperity and strengthen democratic institutions and security in the region”.

According to a release from the office of Lacalle Pou, the president elect suggested to Pompeo the possibility of advancing in a free trade treaty, be it “bilateral or through Mercosur”. However Lacalle Pou later said that it was a suggestion he had put forward which Pompeo promised to consider, but that was all.

He also tweeted that “I am glad about our conversation today. We look forward to strengthen our relationship between our nations”.

The State Department said that “Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Uruguayan President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou to congratulate him on his victory in the November 24 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo and President-elect Pou discussed expanding bilateral economic engagement and deeper cooperation on resolving the Maduro-made humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The United States looks forward to developing a closer partnership with Uruguay based on our shared commitment to strengthening democratic institutions and security in the region”.

Contrary to the last three administrations under presidents Tabare Vazquez and Jose Mujica which have been closely aligned with the Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro regimes, be it for ideological, personal or business reasons, president elect Lacalle Pou and his coalition, consider the current government of president Maduro a dictatorship which has eliminated oppositions parties, gagged the media and openly violated human rights plus causing a worsening humanitarian crisis. Likewise as the elect president suggested, he is clearly open to a trade agreement with the US, either bilaterally or through the regional customs union of Mercosur.

In a further tweet the State Department spokesperson said that Pompeo has expressed his appreciation for Uruguay’s long commitment to democracy, rule of law, and sound economic policies.

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  • Chicureo

    A news item in the New York Times questions the suicide of an alleged mastermind of a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires. It also reminds Latin America of the alleged suicide of the prosecutor of those responsible of the cover up...
    https://m.imgur.com/SBCHVT5

    Jan 07th, 2020 - 02:02 pm 0
  • NativeAngeleno

    Lacalle Pou is not so stupid as to make any deal with Trump, guranteed gto be self-serving one-way, unless he can completely flip it to his advantage. If not, he needs to wait a year and do it over with a much more internationally friendly Democratic administration.

    Jan 07th, 2020 - 06:07 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    NAngeleno
    Lacalle Pou is politicaly situated right of centre, and does not appreciate the self-righteous, bleeding heart left, i.e., US democrats, especially those from CA....let's wait and see who he prefers to deal with, Trump now, or Trump in 2021.

    Jan 07th, 2020 - 08:14 pm 0
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