President Obama Meets with President Piñera of Chile

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Sebastián Piñera of Chile

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Sebastián Piñera of Chile in the Oval Office, June 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with President Piñera of Chile.

As close partners and vibrant democracies, the United States and Chile share a strong commitment to pursuing economic growth and job creation, transparency, human rights, and the rule of law, all issues the two leaders discussed today.

“We’ve got strong relationships throughout the hemisphere,” President Obama explained, “but the relationship between the United States and Chile is as strong and as important as any of the relationships that we have.

Chile has been on a remarkable growth trajectory over several decades, and the progress that it’s made in terms of strengthening its economy, pulling people out of poverty, establishing a strong manufacturing and industrial and service base, its strong exports sector are all proof of the talents of the Chilean people but also Chile’s embrace of democracy and human rights and a market economy. And as a consequence, Chile has become not only a leader in the hemisphere but also a leader in the world.

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