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Soriano Governor Welcomes Ambassador Silverstein to Mercedes

The U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Silverstein visited schools, a paper mill, and toured the city

Posted: April 23, 2005
PRESS CONFERENCE (Ambassador Silverstein)  
Related item: Mobile Library Project inaugurated in the city of Mercedes  

U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and Governor of Soriano Gustavo Lapaz. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein listens as Soriano's governor Lapaz delivers welcoming statement.
Soriano's governor (Intendente) Gustavo Lapaz welcomed U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein to the city of Mercedes and accompanied the U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Silverstein throughout the all-day visit on April 14. The purpose of the delegation's visit was to learn more about the region and to explore opportunities to cooperate in areas of investments for business and cultural exchange.

The city of Mercedes, with a population of 40 thousand, is located in the Department (State) of Soriano in central-western Uruguay. The Embassy delegation included the Deputy Chief of Mission James Williard, Consul Stephen Barneby, Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez, and Management Officer David Savastuk.

Ambassador Silverstein met with Intendente Lapaz and other local authorities in Soriano's municipal hall, where Lapaz delivered a welcoming statement. Ambassador Silverstein later held a press conference with the local media.

Intendente Lapaz later accompanied the delegation on a walking tour of the city and the Mercedes Cathedral, a meeting with Soriano's police chief Insp. Julio Martinez, a visit to the Uruguayan-American School (UAS), the Mercedes Geriatric Rest Home, the local Alianza Binational Center (see related item), and the Pamer paper and corrugated cardboard manufacturing plant.

U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and Copihue's manager Gonzalo Lopez preparing the "asado". [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein assists Gonzalo Lopez with preparing the traditional "asado" at Copihue Estancia near Mercedes. (Click here to enlarge this photo)

 • Meetings with Soriano's governor and local authorities

 • Walking tour, Mercedes Cathedral, visit to rest home

 • Visit to the Uruguayan-American School

 • Pamer paper and corrugated cardboard plant





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