The chief of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, met with his Uruguayan counterpart, Francisco Bustillo, “in a strong show of hemispheric friendship and solidarity,” the US government said Thursday.
Pompeo himself welcomed the meeting, which took place on Wednesday afternoon in Washington.
“I am pleased to have met with the Uruguayan Foreign Minister (…) to discuss the ways in which we can promote our cooperation in matters of security, trade and defense of democracy in our hemisphere and around the world,” he tweeted.
In a statement, the State Department emphasized “the shared democratic values” between the United States and Uruguay during their bilateral relationship of more than 150 years, and the joint commitment to “defend democracy and economic sovereignty throughout the hemisphere.”
The Uruguayan Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement on Wednesday.
“The multiple possibilities of strengthening contacts at all levels and deepening commercial ties were analyzed, all of which generates a hectic activity from now on,” the text said, without further details.
On August 25, when greeting Uruguay on the 195th anniversary of its independence, Pompeo praised the country’s management of the health emergency due to covid-19.
“Uruguay has shown great leadership in managing the pandemic, serving as a model in the region,” he said.
Then, Pompeo pointed to the strength of the relationship with the small South American country of 3.4 million inhabitants.