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Chile Seeks to Strengthen Ties at EU Summit



Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, arrived in Madrid yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s European Union-Latin America and Caribbean summit, and has already announced agreements to strengthen Chile-EU ties and to host the 2012 summit in Chile.

Mr. Piñera, who took office earlier this year in the wake of Chile’s devastating February earthquake, thanked European leaders for their support during the rebuilding process and declared his trip so far, “a success in the realms of politics, economics and bilateral cooperation.”  The EU-LAC summit will be attended by representatives from over 50 countries and is intended to “pave the way for a new era in relations between the European Union and Latin America.”

In another development in Madrid, Piñera reportedly held bilateral talks with his Peruvian counterpart, President Alan García, and the two leaders have apparently agreed to “revitalize” their bilateral relationship, which has been strained for decades due to a maritime border dispute.

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