U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein met
Wednesday with President-elect Tabare Vazquez.
Speaking with members of the press after
the 90 minute private meeting, Ambassador Silverstein reaffirmed
that bilateral relations between the United States and Uruguay
would remain excellent. When asked by reporters about future
financial aid to Uruguay, Ambassador Silverstein stated
that Uruguay's economy is on a sounder footing therefore
he does not foresee any need for assistance such as the
one granted during the 2001 financial crisis. On the matter
regarding the new government's announcement to re-establish
diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Ambassador stated that
Uruguay is a sovereign country and has the right to decide
its own international affairs.