In the framework of the 2014 Our Oceans Conference, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz to discuss issues of regional cooperation and the environment.
Secretary Kerry invited the Chilean Foreign Minister to participate in the Oceans Conference and the two diplomats took time for a bilateral meeting as well.
During the conversation, Secretary Kerry emphasized that this year the U.S. and Chile celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Free Trade Agreement and he underlined the close partnership between the two countries, noting that “Chile is unquestionably one of the strongest partners that the United States has in Latin America.”
For his part, Foreign Minister Muñoz participated in the Oceans Conference and proposed to hold the next Oceans Conference in Valparaíso, Chile. He also spoke about the importance to raise awareness of the challenges and commitments on environmental matters that Chile will have to face. “I appreciate very much the invitation … to attend this ocean conference, which is fundamental for a country like Chile that has such a long coastline,” said the Chilean Foreign Minister. “Our future is the oceans, so we have a strong commitment to stopping climate change and to protecting our environment, and especially our oceans,” said Muñoz.