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Foreign Minister Ampuero attends the II Meeting of EU-Celac Ministers

Monday, July 16, 2018

This afternoon, in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero, will participate in the first session of the II Meeting of Celac-EU Ministers.

The meeting, which brings together the foreign ministers of Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union, will last until tomorrow.

One of the topics to be addressed during the meeting by the Secretary of State will be the crisis in Nicaragua.

On Saturday, the Government of Chile expressed its condemnation of the violence used against citizens in that country, especially the repression by State agencies and vigilante groups against the mobilized population, as well as the regrettable events that occurred on Friday at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua - Managua (UNAN). In addition, Chile urged the Government of Nicaragua to resume the mechanisms of dialogue and rapprochement and the search for ways towards peace and reconciliation.

In addition, on Sunday, President Sebastián Piñera issued a statement condemning "with force and indignation" the loss of more than 350 lives in Nicaragua. The President assured that "President Ortega must resume the National Dialogue Table and its respective commissions, put an end to the violence and loss of life and seek broad and inclusive agreements to recover freedoms, democracy, respect and peace in Nicaragua".

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Meanwhile, early Monday morning in Brussels, Chancellor Ampuero received a group of ministers and representatives from countries in the region at the Chilean embassy headquarters. Later, he attended a meeting of foreign ministers of Celac, an organization that brings together all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This morning, the Chancellor also signed the Working Holiday agreement with Luxembourg's Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn.

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So far in this day, the Secretary of State has already held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Spain, Josep Borrell; and from Austria, Karin Kneissl. Later, he will do the same with his counterparts from Sweden, Margot Wallström; and from Romania, Teodor-Viorel Meleşcanu.

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