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Foreign Minister Ampuero highlights Chile's participation in the G20 ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires: "We were able to raise the country's concerns at a global level"

Monday, May 21, 2018

Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero participated today, in Buenos Aires, in the First Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the G20, an international forum for economic, financial and political cooperation, which brings together the 20 main world powers, which are addressing the major global challenges with the aim of generating public policies to resolve them.

This year's theme is equitable and sustainable development, with a focus on the future of work, infrastructure for development and a more sustainable food future.

"We are very pleased to have been able to participate in the Ministerial Summit, because we were able to raise Chile's concerns at the global level," said the Secretary of State after the meeting.

"The issues that were addressed here are largely related to Chile's interests. We want free trade, we don't want protectionism, we want there to be a concern for social inclusion in terms of policies taken at the international level," added the Minister.

"We also want there to be an environmental concern, for minorities to be considered, for gender issues, for issues of the elderly, for young people, for training in new technologies, for improving education to be considered," he added.

Chile was invited by Argentina to participate in the meetings of the forum. This responds to a clear recognition of the international position that the country has played in terms of its leadership in international areas and processes of global importance and importance.

This is the second time that Chile has been invited to the G20, following its participation during Mexico's presidency in 2012, and represents a new opportunity for the country to take part in the most relevant discussions on international trade and policy with the main world powers.

The G20 includes the European Union and 19 industrialised and emerging countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries account for 85% of global gross product, two-thirds of the world's population, 75% of international trade and 80% of global investment.

The G20 Presidential Summit will be held in Buenos Aires on November 30 and December 1 this year.

Bilateral meetings with Germany and Singapore

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As part of today's summit, Chancellor Ampuero held a bilateral meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. It was the first meeting held by both authorities, who addressed cooperation issues, with emphasis on education (dual education and postgraduate studies). In addition, they shared views on regional issues.

The Secretary of State also met with his Singaporean counterpart, Vivian Balakrishnan, with whom he reviewed the main issues of the relationship. Said country is interested in making further progress in the negotiation of its incorporation as an Associated State into the Pacific Alliance.