Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein toured
the interior of Uruguay to meet representatives from various
organizations, find out what issues are important to them
and see how the U.S. Embassy can help
On March 12, US Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein visited
the department of Maldonado, in the interior of Uruguay
to meet representatives from various organizations in and
around the province, to find out what issues are important
to them and to see how the US Embassy can help.
Ambassador Silverstein's schedule included
visits to the Bishop of Maldonado and Rocha, the local Alianza
Cultural, the local Hospital, the Church of Maldonado Nuevo
and a local industry, Yellostowne-King B. He also visited
the Mayor of Maldonado and the Chief of Police.
Ambassador Silverstein, accompanied by his
wife, Audrey Silverstein, and U.S. Embassy representatives,
began the morning with a visit to Maldonaldo Mayor Enrique
Antía. At City Hall, Ambassador Silverstein and Mayor
Antía discussed issues related with the economic
situation of the province, investments and the importance
of tourism for this department.
After the meeting with Mayor Antía,
Ambassador Silverstein participated in a press conference
with local and national media representatives. Topics such
as US investments in Maldonado, the Visa Waiver Program,
the money laundering report, terrorist attacks in Madrid,
Iraq and Haiti were discussed.
The agenda also included a meeting with
the Bishop of Rocha, Monsignor Rodolfo Writz, who detailed
the history of the church of Maldonado. They also discussed
the terrorist attacks in Madrid and the Catholic Church's
efforts to assist Maldonado residents.
The morning activities continued with a
visit to Maldonado Police Headquarters, where Ambassador
Silverstein met the Chief of Police, Principal Inspector
Mario San Pedro. The Ambassador concluded this part of his
agenda with a short tour of Maldonado's business district.
The American delegation then visited the
Alianza Cultural of Maldonado, where Ambassador Silverstein
addressed a group of students. In a lively session, the
Ambassador discussed his role in Uruguay and his views on
the war on terrorism. Ambassador Silverstein presented a
new computer for the center to the Alianza Director Patricia
Also, the Ambassador visited Yellowstone-King
B ( part of the Ball Enterprises Inc., group of companies
in the USA) , a local industry established in Uruguay in
1993, to produce beef jerky from top-quality, range-fed
After a lunch hosted by Alternate Mayor,
Juan José Real, Ambassador Silverstein visited the
Hospital of Maldonado, which received medical supplies from
the US in 2003. Ambassador Silverstein visited the pediatric
area and listened to requests from the hospital's director.
The visit to Maldonado ended with a visit
to the church of Maldonado Nuevo, the site of a charity
project for 150 children, sponsored by Mrs. Shirley Serna
and the Conrad Hotel. Ambassador Silverstein presented school
supplies for the children. In an emotional show of appreciation,
the children gathered around the Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein.
After his meeting with
Mayor Antía, Ambassador Silverstein participates
in a press conference with national and local press.
From left: Bishop of Maldonado
and Rocha, Monsignor Rodolfo Writz, Mrs. Audrey Silverstein,
and Ambassador Silverstein admire the beautiful architecture
of the cathedral in Maldonado.
signs the Book of Honor of the Maldonado Police Chief.
In the commercial section
of Maldonado, Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein show their
admiration for Uruguayan soccer, buying gym bags, sporting
the traditional colors of Uruguayan soccer teams, Nacional
During a visit to the Alianza
Cultural of Maldonado, the Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein
meet Alianza Director Patricia Altamirano and present
a computer for the center.
agenda includes a visit to Yellowstone - King B, a company
that exports to the U.S.
visits the hospital in Maldonado, which received medical
supplies from the U.S. several months ago.
Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein
visit children in the charity program Maldonado Nuevo.
and Mrs. Silverstein with the children and staff of