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U.S. Labor Secretary Attends Uruguay's Presidential Inauguration

Elaine Chao leads the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez

Posted: March 1, 2005 (Updated: March 2, 2005)

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U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, led the official delegation from the United States representing President George W. Bush at today's Uruguayan presidential inauguration.

The U.S. delegation included Ms. Marilyn Ware, chairman emerita of the American Water Works Company, and Martin J. Silverstein, Ambassador of the United States of America in Uruguay.

In a press release issued February 28, the Department of Labor said Chao’s “participation in the inauguration demonstrates the commitment of the United States to democracy and economic development in the region.”

Chao met with both the new President Tabare Vazquez and outgoing President Jorge Batlle Ibañez during her visit.

Following is the text of the Labor Department press release, with further details:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2005

U.S. LABOR SECRETARY ELAINE L. CHAO LEADS DELEGATION TO URUGUAY FOR PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

WASHINGTON -- The United States presidential delegation, headed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, tomorrow will attend the inauguration of the President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. President Tabaré Vázquez and Vice-President Rodolfo Nin Novoa took office following an inauguration ceremony in Montevideo, Uruguay. President Vázquez was elected in October 2004, and succeeds President Dr. Jorge Batlle Ibañez who transferred the presidential sash during the official ceremony.

The official presidential delegation includes U.S. Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay Martin J. Silverstein and Ms. Marilyn Ware of Pennsylvania who will join Secretary Chao for the official inaugural events.

The Secretary's participation in the inauguration demonstrates the commitment of the United States to democracy and economic development in the region. Secretary Chao's visit will include meetings with the newly elected President and outgoing President Dr. Jorge Batlle Ibañez. In addition, the Secretary will be meeting with leaders of key Uruguayan ministries involved in trade and local employers to talk about the importance of free trade, protecting workers and creating jobs.

Secretary Chao also will visit a Uruguayan non-governmental organization, "Centro de Promoción por la Dignidad Humana," or Center for the Promotion of Human Dignity (CeProDiH). The local center works with children, the elderly, and abused women, in an effort to help those who are disadvantaged return to a productive life in Uruguayan society.

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STATEMENT BY STATE DEPARTMENT DEPUTY SPOKESMAN ADAM ERELI
State Department Media Briefing
March 1, 2005
Washington, D.C.

QUESTION: Uruguay has installed a new president that heads by one-third to the leftist contingent of leaders in South America. Do you have any observations on what's happened? First time, too, Uruguay.

MR. ERELI: The United States congratulates President Tabare Vazquez on his inauguration as President of Uruguay. We extend our best wishes to him and to his administration. They are beginning important work in advancing Uruguay both politically and economically. Our relations with Uruguay, obviously, are based on shared values and mutual respect and we consider Uruguay an important friend and partner and we look forward to working with President Vazquez and his government as they move forward to implement policies that serve the interests of the people of Uruguay and cooperation in the hemisphere.


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