Under Secretary of State David Hale and Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Carolina Valdivia co-chaired the U.S.-Chile High-Level Bilateral Political Consultative Mechanism on June 24 in Washington, D.C.
The dialogue reflects our strong partnership, rooted in more than 200 years of friendship between our peoples, and our common vision for democracy, security, prosperity, and human rights based on our shared values. Discussing bilateral cooperation on security, science, and environmental matters, they committed to advance strategic discussion on cyber issues with a second Executive Cyber Consultation and to implement a new work plan under the America Crece initiative that will catalyze investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Under Secretary Hale highlighted expanding U.S.-Chile scientific cooperation, including additional Embassy Science Fellow visits to Chile, and Deputy Foreign Minister Valdivia announced Chile’s decision to pursue establishing a U.S. chapter of the U.S.-Chile Council on Science, Technology, and Innovation and welcomes the U.S. decision to start negotiating a bilateral agreement on cultural property and archeological and ethnological protection. They also affirmed our security cooperation, recognizing Chile’s regional leadership in the lead-up to the July Counterterrorism Ministerial.
Under Secretary Hale and Deputy Minister Valdivia also emphasized our closely aligned priorities for free, fair, and reciprocal trade.
Finally, they reaffirmed the commitments both countries share to promote democracy and human rights in the hemisphere, and they agreed to work together at the upcoming Organization of American States General Assembly to defend these principles.
They also agreed to continue assessing the grave situation on Venezuela.