Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 15, 2009

Date: 04/15/2009 Location: Washington, DC Description: Secretary Clinton meets with Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez Amunategui. State Dept Photo SECRETARY CLINTON: I welcomed Minister Fernandez here today; someone who represents his country so well and who is part of the extraordinary progress that Chile has shown. We discussed a number of important matters, including the upcoming Summit of the Americas. I’m looking forward to seeing President Bachelet there, someone who I also admire greatly.

But I want to reaffirm the strong, positive relationship that the United States and Chile has, and we have plans for deepening and broadening that in the years ahead.

FOREIGN MINISTER FERNANDEZ: Thank you very much, Secretary Clinton, for the time to receive me. As she said, we are enjoying very good relations bilaterally. We would like to really grow and deepen this relation. And the conversation was very useful for me and very important to understand the direction of the changes that we are seeing in the U.S. policies (inaudible) Latin America. We celebrate this idea and we hope that in the meeting, in the Summit of the America in Trinidad and Tobago, we will continue coming to, really, a new shape in the U.S.-Latin American relations, what we have as one of the most important goals in our (inaudible).

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you all very much.

PRN: 2009/335