Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Cook Hosts Meeting with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera

Sep 28, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, hosted a meeting with several Members of Congress and the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, to discuss the strong partnership between the United States and Chile, yesterday’s announcement of an energy cooperation framework signed between the Treasury Department and Government of Chile, and concerns about growing Chinese presence in the region and deteriorating situations in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Chairman Cook: “Chile is a close U.S. partner and one of the fastest-growing economies in the Western Hemisphere. It has demonstrated regional leadership through development of its vast lithium reserves, ocean conservation and astronomy research, and participation in global peacekeeping missions. Our two nations share a belief in free markets and democratic values, and I commend President Piñera’s efforts to make Chile one of the most vibrant economies in the region and for publicly condemning the Maduro regime in Venezuela and working through the Lima Group, the OAS, and UN to develop a regional response to the crisis. While I remain concerned about the extending influence of China and Huawei’s presence in Chile and in the region, I look forward to deepening our strategic partnership with Chile to grow U.S. investment, maximize our trade and energy cooperation, and strengthen our security ties with President Piñera’s Administration in the months ahead.”