Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Chilean Foreign Minister Teodoro Ribera, on the margins of the Second Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial. Secretary Pompeo thanked Chile for its decisive leadership to address the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister agreed on further steps to defend democracy and human rights in the region. Secretary Pompeo commended Chile for chairing APEC during 2019, culminating in the Leadership Summit in November, and reaffirmed the two nations’ shared commitment to free market principles and transparency in commercial relations.