Following yesterday's inauguration of
the newly elected president to Uruguay, Dr. Tabare Vazquez,
the U.S. official delegation representing President George
W. Bush met with Dr. Vazquez to congratulate him and to discuss
"a broad range of bilateral and regional issues",
according to Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao who led the
Secretary Chao, left, with President
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.
After the meeting with President Vazquez,
Secretary Chao issued the following statement:
STATEMENT OF U.S. LABOR SECRETARY ELAINE L. CHAO
Edificio Independencia, Montevideo
March 2, 2005
AUDIO (as delivered)
I am very pleased to represent
President Bush and the people of the
United States of America at the inauguration of President
The President and I have just had a productive
which we discussed a broad range of bilateral and regional
issues. The United States and Uruguay share democratic traditions
stretching back almost two centuries and have had excellent
relations throughout most of their histories.
long set an admirable example in this hemisphere of government
by and for the people. The peaceful transition from President
Batlle to President Vazquez is yet another indication that
democracy is alive and well on the Rio de la Plata.
President Bush has already spoken with President
Vazquez, and it was my honor to follow up on that conversation
in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. I can assure
you that the Bush administration looks forward to working
with the Vazquez administration to advance our common goals
in this hemisphere of democracy and good governance, security,
and economic growth and development.
And I also emphasize that it is the wish
of the American people, we want to be friends with Uruguay,
and we hope that Uruguay will remember that America wants
to be a friend to Uruguay.
Thank you very much.
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