Biden on "important" state visit to Chile despite crises "around the world"

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Santiago to meet with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and to attend the inauguration of President-elect Michelle Bachelet. On Monday, Biden spoke at a press conference about America's strong economic ties with Chile, and called Chile a model of pragmatism.
By JC Finley   |   March 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM   |   Comments

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SANTIAGO, Chile, March 10 (UPI) -- On travel to Chile, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden conveyed a message from the White House to Chile: you matter.

Biden told Chilean President Sebastián Piñera Monday during a press conference at the Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago "despite some of the crises that are going on around the world, the President and I agreed that it was important that I be here in Chile because this -- our commitment to this relationship is real."

Focusing on U.S.-Chilean economic ties, Biden noted that Chile is the destination for 40% of all American exports and recognized that for the first time in his career, the leaders are able to "talk about how to achieve a hemisphere that is secure, middle-class and free."

"Chile’s economic, democratic tradition teaches us all that pragmatism, not ideology, is the secret to success. It's no coincidence that Chile has used democracy and the open market to create new opportunities for her citizens."

While in Chile, Biden also met with President-elect Michelle Bachelet and is expected to attend her inauguration on Tuesday.

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