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Chancellor Ampuero visits Visviri: "The people who live here build a real homeland"

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Visviri and the interior of the Arica and Parinacota Region were part of the tour that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero, made this Thursday as part of a tour through the north that included Arica and that tomorrow will conclude in Antofagasta.

The tour, as Minister Ampuero has said, arises from the interest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the extreme areas and how foreign policy brings concrete benefits for the people.

This Friday, the Chancellor began the day in Putre, where he met with the entrepreneur Julia Cañari, one of the few remaining alpaca weavers in the area who has managed to export her fabrics to Belgium and the United States. The Secretary of State said he was proud to meet people like Julia, who make homeland in the farthest corners of the country.

Later, he went to Visviri where he met with the Mayor of the municipality of General Lagos, Alex Castillo Blas. In addition, he visited the Visviri Boarding School, sharing with the community of this educational institution, made up of Chilean, Bolivian and Peruvian students.

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"Many times we talk about the integration of people, which is important, which is good, but many times that is just a matter of words. Here, the integration is real, it is authentic, and this integration, communication, getting to know each other, enriches us as people," the Chancellor told the school's teachers and parents.

"Here you, the people who live here, make a real homeland, you are here with your identity, with your culture, with your relations with your projects, and you leave the mark of Chile very clear," he added.

Finally, the Minister observed the work carried out by the Military Labour Corps in the construction of the bypass that surrounds the town of Parinacota, on the route that links Arica with the Bolivian border. The Chancellor expressed his admiration and congratulations for the great work in conditions that require a great sacrifice.