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Ambassador Silverstein Visits the City of Melo

U.S. Embassy exploring areas of mutual interest in which it could be of assistance

Posted: May 24, 2005


Cerro Largo, Uruguay
U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay Martin J. Silverstein visited the city of Melo on May 20, 2005, to meet with local government and representatives from various organizations. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the issues concerning the region, and to explore areas of mutual interest in which the U.S. Embassy could be of assistance. Melo is the capital city of Cerro Largo, a province (departamento) located in Uruguay's northeastern region.

Ambassador Silverstein, accompanied by his son Douglas Silverstein, and U.S. Embassy representatives, met with Cerro Largo's governor Intendente Juan Carlos Mendez and discussed issues concerning the economic situation of the province and possible U.S. investment for this region.

After meeting with Intendente Mendez, Ambassador Silverstein visited the governing council (Junta Departamental) and met with the council's president Jorge Ottonelli.

Douglas Silverstein gave a press conference in which he spoke about the Embassy's drawing and essay contest for public school students commemorating this year's 4th of July celebration. He also talked with a group of young Uruguayans about life in the United States.

Ambassador Silverstein's schedule included a meeting with Cerro Largo's chief of police Insp. Santiago Bitabarez, and a visit to the local Binational Center (BNC) Alianza Cultural where he addressed a group of students in a lively session, speaking about his role in Uruguay and encouraging the students to learn English as a second language. The ambassador later visited Frigorifico Pul, a meat processing plant currently exporting uruguayan beef to the United States.

Vice Consul David Foran, who accompanied the delegation, met with several American citizens in the area and answered their questions.

The visit to Cerro Largo ended with a tour of the cavalry brigade Brigada de Caballeria No. 2, were Ambassador Silverstein discussed military issues with the commander, Col. Pedro Aguerre.

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Cerro Largo's governor Intendente Juan C. Mendez and Ambassador Silverstein in press conference. (+ enlarge photo)
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Intendente Mendez and Jorge Ottonelli, president of Cerro Largo's governing council, with Ambassador Silverstein. (+ enlarge photo)

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Ambassador Silverstein receives a plaque from Cerro Largo's governing council and an oil painting of old Melo from Intendente Mendez.
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Douglas Silverstein speaking to the media about the Embassy's 4th of July Drawing Contest. (+ enlarge photo)
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Ambassador Silverstein and his son Douglas with police chief Insp. Santiago Bitabarez. (+ enlarge photo)

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Ambassador Silverstein with Pul's director Patricio Silvera, vice Consul David Foran and a plant administrator. (+ enlarge photo)
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Ambassador Silverstein with Col. Pedro Aguerre, commander of the Brigada de Caballeria No.3  (+ enlarge photo)

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Ambassador Silverstein visiting the BNC Alianza Cultural in Melo.
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With teachers and staff of the Cerro Largo BNC Alianza Cultural. (+ enlarge photo)


 

 

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