Chile Receives Mexican President Felipe Calderón
SANTIAGO — Chilean President Piñera highlighted the deep bonds of friendship between Mexico and Chile following a meeting in la Moneda, the Chilean presidential palace, with Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Thursday. The state visit from the Mexican President comes after attending the Fourth Summit of the Pacific Alliance in Paranal, northern Chile.
The Chilean President mentioned the recent signing of a pact for deeper integration during the summit as one of the many things which unite the two countries. The Pacific Alliance aims to promote business and investment among Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia, as well as strengthening trade between the bloc and the Asia-Pacific region.
Following the meeting on Thursday, the two heads of state released a joint declaration from the Montt-Varas hall in government headquarters. President Piñera stated:
“There are very deep links between our countries; there has always been a very close relationship and a brotherhood among our artists. It is no coincidence that friendships were formed between Gabriela Mistral and José Vasconcelos, between Pablo Neruda and Siqueiros and between Gonzalo Rojas and Octavio Paz, who had the opportunity to live in Mexico, and also some of whom had the opportunity to live in Chile.”
To the Mexican President he said, “I would like to thank you for the invitation you made to Chile to join the G-20 summit meeting which will take place in a few days in Los Cabos, Mexico.”
He also thanked him for the support of Mexico in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.
Speaking of those who have questioned the judgment of the Mexican President’s fight against narco-trafficking, President Piñera declared, “I am absolutely convinced that he made the correct decision, and with the courage and will required to face this battle.”
During his stay, the Mexican President gave an offering of flowers on the monument of Bernardo O’Higgins, who helped to free Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence.
Through his Twitter account, President Calderón said of his visit, “President Piñera and I had a meeting with the media, where I assured them that the links between Mexico and Chile are strategic. I am very grateful to Sebastián Piñera and the Chilean people for their hospitality.”