Chile – Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian’s meeting with his Chilean counterpart (Paris, 27 May 2019)

Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is meeting today with Roberto Ampuero, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile.

The Ministers will discuss the main global issues of shared interest, including climate change and upcoming multilateral events. They will prepare the visit of Mr Sebastián Piñera, President of the Republic of Chile, who was invited by President Macron to take part in the G7 Summit in Biarritz on 25 August where he will share his country’s experience in supporting innovative companies and environmental protection.

They will also discuss the situation in Venezuela and its impact on the region. The Ministers will share their analyses on ways to promote a peaceful political resolution of the crisis, which requires a fresh free, transparent and credible presidential election.

This meeting will provide an opportunity for the two Ministers to highlight the depth of our bilateral relationship, which can be seen in our robust economic relationship, our quality scientific and academic cooperation and our successful joint road map focused on innovation, adopted in October 2018 during an official visit of President Piñera to France. French-Chilean trade has increased in recent years and stood at €2.2 billion in 2018, making Chile France’s second largest client in South America after Brazil, with a strong presence in renewable energies, infrastructure and transport. Chile is also Airbus’ primary market in Latin America. More than 240 French companies have offices in Chile in 2018, accounting for nearly 48,000 local jobs and an estimated €5 billion in turnover.