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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires Hosts Chilean President Sebastián Piñera

Sep 28, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere joined Subcommittee Chairman Paul Cook in hosting the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.

“I am pleased to have welcomed President Piñera to Congress today to discuss ways that we can continue to strengthen the U.S.-Chile relationship. Chile has been a consistent and reliable partner in the Western Hemisphere and works closely with the United States on several important issues, including security cooperation and human rights initiatives.  Chile is a critical trade partner and a leader at the forefront of green energy technologies, as well as an advocate of environmental protection,” said Congressman Sires.

“Furthermore, I want to commend President Piñera on his commitment to democratic principles and the people of Venezuela. The Venezuelan people continue to suffer under the corruption and oppression of an authoritarian despot who seeks only to line his pockets and bolster his illegitimate regime at the people’s expense. President Piñera has opened his country to Venezuelans fleeing their country and has been a leader in the region. He and his government are not afraid to stand up to Maduro’s bullying tactics and instead is focused on supporting the Venezuelan people as they grapple with a political and humanitarian crisis.

“I am grateful for Chile’s persistent leadership in the Hemisphere and look forward to working closely with President Piñera in the future.”