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Congressman Sires Leads Congressional Delegation to Argentina and Chile to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

Jul 29, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, DC) - A bipartisan delegation of six members of the United States House of Representatives, led by the Honorable Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, traveled to Argentina and Chile to reinforce the importance of strengthening bilateral relations with both countries.

While in Argentina, the delegation attended a remembrance ceremony at the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) commemorating the 25th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Jewish community center. They met with president Mauricio Macri, and with Venezuela’s Ambassador to Argentina, Elisa Trotta Gamus, as well as with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce. The delegation’s visit to Argentina was focused on economic cooperation, the crisis in Venezuela, and the countries’ shared efforts to combat antisemitism.

During the visit to Chile, the delegation met with the U.S.-Chile Friendship Group, where members discussed ways to improve economic cooperation between the two countries. The delegation also visited a groundbreaking solar farm to discuss Chile’s advances in developing alternative energy sources and combating climate change. Finally, the delegation met with president Sebastián Piñera to discuss security cooperation and shared regional priorities.

“The visit of our bipartisan Congressional delegation demonstrates the United States’ interest in further strengthening relations with Argentina and Chile,” said Chairman Sires. “These two countries are important friends of the United States and key partners for confronting a range of regional challenges. We have returned from our visit with renewed commitment to promoting greater economic and security cooperation between our countries to advance our shared interests.”

Honorable Albio Sires was joined by: 

  • Honorable Joe Wilson, (R-SC)
  • Honorable Ted E. Deutch (D-FL)
  • Honorable Ted S. Yoho (R-FL)
  • Honorable Tom Graves (R-GA)
  • Honorable Norma J. Torres (D-CA)