Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 2, 2009


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca today. It was their second meeting this year.

Foreign Minister Choquehuanca conveyed the Bolivian government’s deep disappointment over the U.S. decision not to reinstate Bolivia's trade preferences under the Andean Trade Preference Act. Secretary Clinton welcomed the opportunity to listen to the Foreign Minister’s concerns and continue our efforts to redefine and deepen our relationship with Bolivia. These efforts underscore the United States’ commitment to be a good partner in Bolivia’s journey to a more just, inclusive, and prosperous future.

Secretary Clinton indicated her continuing support for the bilateral dialogue; the second round of talks will be held in Washington in coming weeks. In those discussions, both nations seek to redefine relations and enhance cooperation in areas such as economic development, health, education, access to justice, and counternarcotics.

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PRN: 2009/677